Posted on 06/11/2013

Photo taken on April 30, 2008

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Champsecret Village
Siderurgic Site
Forges de Varenne
Basse-Normandie Region
Mediaeval Plant
Orne Department
Historical Monument

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Forges de Varenne is a site of "pre-industrial" steel production; It produced cast iron and iron from ore mining area since the late sixteenth century until the closure of the site in 1866; This former steel industry is a rural complex; It employed a workforce mainly peasant who in the mining and industrial activity found an additional resource to the agricultural activity; It was based on the exploitation of local natural resources, raw materials, iron ore is an extracted mineral from La Ferriere-aux-Ponds and Saint-Clair-de-Halouze, charcoal used to fuel the blast furnace and the ovens of the refinery was prepared in the forests of Halouze and Andaine and the Varenne's river, which gives its name to the site, provided the energy required to operate the machines ( hammers and water that allow crushing and washing the ore, paddle wheels moving the bellows to ventilate the blast furnace and refinery, the big hammer forging the iron and cylinders of splitting mill cutting the iron); It looks more as an ancient temple than a siderurgical complex and with the rainy weather it is quite as lugubrious! France Basse-Normandie Region Orne Department Champsecret Village Forges of Varenne.

Василий Касимовский, Philippe_28, PINEDE have particularly liked this photo

Superbe et très intéressant
4 years ago.
Jacques has replied to Philippe_28
Oui c'est rare de voir des sites industriels du passé! Merci Philippe!
4 years ago.