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Commune of CLERVAL
In the past, chief-town of the lord seigniory of CLERVAL
County of Franche-Comté
Origins of the
name ot the town :
......Clerval comes from "clair"
which meant cleared (as in the word clearing), and from
"val" which meant valley.
In the past, this valley was taken up by a forest. In
order to build the town in the nest of this valley, the
trees of the forest were cut down. It is the meaning of
the name of Clerval : "clearing of the valley".
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|Blazon of Clerval :
.......On a red background, two keys, one of
gold, and one of silver are placed like an X.
On top of the keys :
a sun with a smiling face.
Under the keys : an old tool
which was used to light the fire ( This metal piece was taken in one hand, and
people stroke on a silex to get sparkles.This old tool
was called a flint or strike-a-light. "fusil
or briquet" in old french language.)
Meaning of the blazon :
......The red color, the disposition of the
keys as a St Andrey cross remind us of the armories of
the great Burgundy to which the seigniory of Clerval
The flint or strike-a-light (which is often depicted as a
lying B called Flint of Burgundy "Briquet
de Bourgogne") clearly recalls
....The keys and the sun can be read as a
picture puzzle : "Key"= Clé
is the first syllabe of the word Clerval ; the sun calls
up here the word "clear"(What can be
clearer than the sun ?), it is there too an
assonance with the first syllabe of Clerval.
made by Gérard Blanc
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