The lime kilns

㉑ The Lime kilns
You can read here a panel evoking the lime kilns of Bléré, which no longer exist today. In the years to come, the intersection of rue du Four à Chaux and route de Tours will become a roundabout, the area of which has not yet been determined in November 2022. This temporary sign will be replaced at the end of works.


To go to stage ㉒ → If you are on foot or by bike, follow the path that leads back to le Cher. Then, when you reach ‘le Cher à vélo’ circuit, turn left. About 1.2 km further, you find La Grisolette, a beautiful Norman-style residence.
If you are driving, you go along the residence of stage ㉒ and go directly to stage ㉓. For this, continue the road in the direction of Tours, you pass, without stopping, 1 km more far, in front of La Grisolette (stage ㉒) whose description can be read on the side of le Cher. Turn on your right, 300 m after La Grisolette, in the direction of le Château de Fontenay. Leave your car (few places provided for parking, do not disturb the local residents) and walk to le Cher. You are now in front of the ferryman’s house (stage ㉓). To read the description of ‘La Grisolette’, turn right and go up about 130 m on the ‘Cher à vélo’ path towards Bléré.


Two lime kilns stood at the corner of the rue du Four à Chaux and the route de Tours. They were built by Antoine Nabon of Bléré, in 1797 and 1813. An extraction quarry existed to the north of these kilns but the stones came from another open quarry at ‘Grandes-Fontaines’. In the beginning, they were originally heated by intermittent wood burning using a long flame before the change to coal, which allowed for constant heat and shorter flames.

© Photo : Régine Malveau

These kilns were built into the land and loaded at the top via an
opening which was also accessible from the rear. As well as the
kilns, there was storage space which contained a wheel press
and two vats as there were once vines growing nearby.

This lime plant remained in the Nabon family till the end of the
19th century. In 1910, it became the property of quarry owner,
Sylvain Moreau and his descendants right up to its closure in
1960. The kilns were destroyed in 1998. Five other lime kilns
existed in the commune dating from 18th century (but the only
vestige still visible in 2022 is at 12 rue des Canaux).

© Photo : Régine Malveau

How were the lime kilns heated ?
1Charles Bidault square and the church of St Christophe 13The Aigremonts mill
2Le Belvedere 14La Coursicauderie
3The Foundry 15A vine lodge
4The Bellevue bank and the bridge over the Cher 16Le Grand-Logis
5Les Crespières 17Bois-Ramé
6The Cher and its needle dams 18The Monks’ house
7Chapel de Seigne 19Paul Racault space
8The cooperative and the demarcation line 20Trade and Cooperative Diary Industry
9The cemetery and its noteworthy tombs 21The lime kilns
10Bois-Pataud 22La Grisolette
11Fief Gentil and the Culoison mill 23The Chateau of Fontenay and the house called ‘du passeur’
12La Courtille wash house 24Les Grandes-Fontaines