The brick kilm from the old Laleu tilery in Cour-Cheverny, located at 12 rue Denet, Carroir, is one of the rare vestiges of one of the Loir et Cher’s flourishing traditional industries. In the early 20th century, every town or village in Sologne had between one and four brick kilns that produced the tiles and bricks used to build the houses and châteaux in the area. Unfortunately, most of them have now disappeared.
This kiln with its vaulted combustion chamber was built in 1813. It is still holding its own but the roof leaks and some of the cracks are propagating.
Le four à briques de l’ancienne tuilerie Laleu à Cour-Cheverny, situé au 12 rue Denet, lieu-dit le Carroir, est l’un des rares vestiges témoignant d’une des industries traditionnelles très florissantes du Loir-et-Cher. Au début du XXème siècle, chaque commune de Sologne comptait un ou deux fours à briques dont sortaient les tuiles et les briques qui servaient à construire maisons et châteaux alentours. Ils ont malheureusement presque tous disparu.
Celui-ci a été construit en 1813. De type vertical, ce four comprenant une chambre de combustion voûtée est encore bien conservé mais la toiture fuit et plusieurs fissures s’accentuent avec le temps.
7 replies on “The Brick Kiln – Le four à briques”
It looks wonderful!
Thank you! It is falling into ruin though, which is a pity.
Now that’s a sturdy looking building. Do you know what happened to the local brick industry? Did they get overwhelmed by a large factory?
Yes, Stuart, they all eventually disappeared when methods were mechanised.
Stuart I hope you noticed the topiary in the foreground. I thought of you as soon as I saw it.
I did see them. Very interesting. Maybe they’re not as unusual as I thought.
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