Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche a Town Made of Gold!

  • Mayor Daniel Boisserie
  • Area: 100.98 km2
  • Population: 7,583

Saint-Yrieix is a town that too many people may not seem that interesting at first. Map of Yrieix La Perche
But like an onion, if you peel back the layers you will discover a wealth of historic foundations and industrial forefront.

As an individual living not far from St Yrieix I know the history of the town is far from boring but a great town of much importance to the people and regional industry.

gold mining St-Yrieix the Perche

The Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche Gold Digger

Would you believe that Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche is a well known ancient Gold mining site? The Bourneix Mines Company prospected Gold from 1982 to 2001.

‘Le Bourneix’ as a member of the ‘Société des Mines’ exploited three gold deposits in the district: Laurièras, Cros-Gallet, and Mas-Vieux.

A great book on gold Mining today

They Want More Gold in Yrieix!

For over 10 years or a decade if you like since the closure of the mines refreshed interest into the mines has evoked some concern. The Nouvelle Aquitaine is rich in the metal Gold but sadly not on my land as I’m not that lucky. But the former department Limousin of the Nouvelle Aquitaine is finding itself in the sights of the major mining companies.

The departments of this region include the Haute Vienne(High River)& Creuse have become envied again for its Gold Deposits. Cordier Mines SAS has expressed interest in the subsoil Gold deposit and has requested testing of the area.

“It’s only a search permit right now. We can not be against research “, claims Daniel Boisserie. The Marie has not resisted the idea of researched-based findings.

“This opinion has no legal value. We have judged that there are too many grey areas in this file, especially on extractive techniques that raise a number of questions about the environmental consequences, “explains the commune’s mayor, Philippe Sudrat.

It is early days now in 2019 and we can not tell if the gold will be mined or not but it is very interesting and quite inspiring to think there could be an alternative boost to local economy.

golden delicious apples in the dordogne

GoldenEye or just Golden Delicious?

Saint-Yrieix is famous for ‘The Limousin’ apple or is it now called ‘The Nouvelle Aquitaine’ Apple or pomme en Francaise? To me, the best variety is a Golden Delicious and a common favourite for its sweetness and crisp bite. I have to admit it is my ‘Safe Bet Apple’. All too many times I took across the fresh fruit ile and look longingly at those lovely big red apples. But to my disappointment, they taste dry as ‘Old Grannies Knickers!’

If you are driving South from our Shutter manufacturing workshops in Oradour Sur Vayres via the RD901 towards Saint-Yrieix-Perche.  You will see the land to the left and to the right just absolutely covered in apple trees for mile and miles.

There are 80 odd apple varieties in the former Limousin and I say again consumed by the Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Kaolin Rock yrieix la perche

Limoges Porcelain

Is very famous for its china and some pieces in an auction are fetching high figures. What makes Saint-Yrieix-Perche the origin of the World famous Limoges Porcelain. The fact is that the fine rock Kaolin or China clay is mined here is the key ingredient for the fine clay.

Kaolin Radio Makes Waves

In 2019 a new website will be launched but you can still listen to Kaoline FM via their website holding page as of 13/01/2019. Kaolin FM is available in  Saint-Yrieix-Perche & Rochechoart.

Kaolin FM

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We have lived and worked here in The Nouvelle Aquitaine (Limousin) since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business  (The Nouvelle Aquitaine volets sure mesure) is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

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Saint Yrieix la Perche 1er Country Festival March 2019

This is a  popular festival with many motorbikes, vintage cars, military vehicles, lorries and anything and everything American.

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About Us, I Suppose You Might Be Interested?

We have lived and worked here in the Limousin Nouvelle Aquitaine since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

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