Monday, 16 August 2021

Fours Banaux

A couple of weeks ago Susan wrote about bread ovens, and mentioned communal ovens, or Fours Banaux (the singular is Four Banal).

A few weeks before that we were in Écueillé to see the Tour de France pass through, and I took this photo. I can't believe Écueillé was big enough to require two communal bread ovens, so maybe they had one for bread, and one for meat/potato dishes?


Jean said...

If the population back in the 18th and 19th century was great enough, maybe it did need two bread ovens. I wonder if they were in competition with each other.

bonnie groves poppe said...

I thought the four banal was free, or was it necessary to pay to use it. Many villages still have a Rue du Four, even if the four appears to be missing.
bonnie in provence

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