Le Châtelet in Budelière

Le Châtelet in Budelière

Second French gold mine at the end of the 19th century

The village of Le Châtelet is an old mining town

It was in 1886 that quartz veins with mispickel and pyrite were discovered.

The extraction of gold at Le Châtelet is complex because it is combined with arsenic within the mispickel. As gold is not free, this requires complex and expensive treatment.

The deposit had 3 wells: the Hippolyte well, the Montenelle well and the Percepteur well, which was the first built and the last used.

The site reached its peak in 1908, with 300 miners working to a depth of more than 272 m.

In 1955, due to a lack of yield, the mine closed.  Local, Spanish, Polish, Italian… have come together on this site that preserves the traces of an intense social life, based on solidarity and integration.

Source : creuse.meconnu.fr

 

 

A mining town and a village full of history

The village of the old gold mines of Le Châtelet is based on the model of the garden cities of the northern corons.

It has kept its original character with its here and there houses still present on the site, such as this miner’s house furnished as it would be at the end of the last century, called the ZAFRAN house, named after the former owners.

The church of Saint Martial du Châtelet, classified as a historic monument, contains exceptional polychrome frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries.

The school is one of those buildings that have kept a certain typicity with its stone walls, brick surrounds and tiled roofs.

See also :
– Guided tour from March to November and by appointment
– Evaux les Bains
– The woods of Evaux
– Saint Marien and its hiking trails
– The suspension bridge

 

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