History of the site

History of the site

Founded by Thomas Sauvard in 1852, this mechanical tile factory is one of the oldest in the region. At its head, three generations have succeeded from father to son : Thomas, Martin and Camille Sauvard.

The small tilery, craft in its infancy, becomes a real factory by modernizing and expanding from the end of the 19th century (mechanization of manufacture, steam engine). Its immediate proximity to the canal of Berry allows to import the coal and to export the finished products. In 1907, at the 4 ovens with intermittent fire is added a Hoffmann oven.

With a continuous and mobile fire, this oven allows to increase production efficiency while using less coal. The whole site is remarkable for its conservation and its configuration. It consists of several outbuildings : the foreman's house on the quay side, an entrance pavilion (office, porterie and habitation) situated on the town side (rue Gambetta) and a series of six double houses in Lieutenant Petit street to house workers.

The Sauvard tilery-brickyard produces various products recognized by regional and national awards: full or hollow bricks, drainage pipes, socket tiles, lanterns, shore tiles, ridges tiles, tiles of pavement as well as elements of ornaments.

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