Soiron thistle dryer
A symbol of the region's intense wool industry in the 19th century, it has brick facades pierced by numerous slits and marks the landscape with its singular silhouette.
In the immediate vicinity of the castle, the vast dimensions of this imposing 17th and 18th century farmhouse, set in the heart of the village, are a reminder of the power and wealth of the squire, the holder of local power.
The complex comprises three wings arranged in a U-shape around a courtyard.
Around 1836, the adjoining barn was extended by a brick thistle dryer, a testimony to the intense wool industry in the region.
Brushes filled with thistles were used in the textile industry during the woolening process, designed to bring out the soft down of the cloth.
The many slits in the masonry ensured a good air circulation to facilitate the drying of the thistles.
For more information, see our heritage sheet.
The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.