The uniqueness of the village of Les Rairies
Once, all of the Baugeois, literally translated as ‘wallow‘, was a huge wilderness where wild animals roamed. According to legend, the village of Les Rairies was a crossroads in the middle of this vast forest where the deer came to bellow (raire), and from which the village got its name.
The village had to learn how to use all of the natural resources at its disposal. A major handicap for agricultural work was the clay and rocks that made up the terrain. However, this was an excellent base material for the manufacture of bricks and tiles.
It was for this reason that the village specialised early on in the extraction of rocks and clay.
Since the 15th century, activity in the village has centred on the production of roof tiles, floor tiles and pottery. The village was renowned for its terracotta from the Middle Ages until the mid 20th century.
In the 19th century, the village had in the region of 50 kilns in activity and as many drying barns with their typical tiled roofs. Today, we can still see a number of kilns, called “Chinese kilns“, throughout the village.
Today, Les Rairies is still well known for its terracotta. It’s the village’s building bricks known as “Les Rairies Brick” that has, in effect, allowed the village to build its economy.
Thus, this village specialised very early on in the extraction of stone and clay.