Lime Kilns of the Touraine


The Touraine has large deposits of limestone across the region. This is highly visible in its use of light tuffeau stone used in so many local buildings such as the one at Chêdigny, left.

Below is a map from 1948 showing the sites of Fours à chaud or Lime Kilns and their spread across the Touraine. A lime kiln is an insulated chamber or oven used to produce quicklime through the calcination of limestone. It is a process that has been used for many hundreds of yeas to produce lime to use in mortars and as a stabilising agent in mud rendering and floors. It also has  long history of agricultural use as a means of increasing pH levels in acidic soils and improving the uptake of plant nutrients such as Nitrogen. Take a look at the Fours à chaud marked as:…..it’s also an interesting sketch map for other reasons, enjoy:

Map of Touraine, c.1948

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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2 Responses to Lime Kilns of the Touraine

  1. Colin Dyson says:

    Hi Jim

    Nice map, I should try and search for the Kiln marked near Montresor. I particularly found the agricultural areas interesting, Loches a pork producng area? Sheep over my way, I think Patrick must be one of the last sheep farmers in this area. Love Colin

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