Lime Kilns

Lime kilns are to be found throughout the area to the south of the Loire between Angers and Ancenis, Maine et Loire.

Chalk-rich, and with nearby coal-mines to fire the gigantic ovens, the area produced huge quantities of the lime used before the advent of chemical fertilizers. The last lime kilns in use in the area were those at Chateaupanne, which closed in 1961. The kilns of Pincourt, in the commune of Montjean-sur-Loire, have recently been classified as an historic monument, due to their strange, chateau-like construction.

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