Text by Christian Lassure, photos by Dominique Repérant

French Version


© Dominique Repérant

With its geometrical and austere lines, this hulking dry stone building seems to have drawn its inspiration from the rectilinear tenets of 20th-century architecture.

The parallelepiped-shaped edifice is built downslope from, and alongside of, a wide path which is bordered by a huge stone heap or murger above and a retaining wall below. Judging from the width of its entrance and the shape of its lancet-vaulted interior, it is in all likelihood a former sheep shelter. Similar examples of this functional type can be seen in the Lot, Dordogne, Pyrénées-Orientales and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departments.

The front long side - a long stretch of quasi blank walling from one corner to another - serves as a façade. The wide entrance next to the right-hand corner is covered by a long slab. The only window is a small, man-high orifice in the middle of the façade. A levelling course of slabs runs along the flat roof.

© Dominique Repérant

Built on a trapeze-shaped plan, the interior nave has for its vaulting two symetrically opposed corbellings in the long walls, while the end walls are vertical.

© Dominique Repérant

The height of the vault hints at the former presence of an intermediary floor used as a hayloft, which would explain the large window opening in the end wall next to the entrance. At ground level, the rear long wall rests on a rocky outcrop. Slabs projecting from the face of the larger end wall were used as seats or ledges. A niche is constructed within the front long wall, on the left as one walks in. Lastly, a slit constructed at ground level in the smaller end wall communicates with an exterior lodge abutting it..

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November 26th, 2005

To be referenced as :

Christian Lassure (text), Dominique Repérant (photos)
Sheep shelter at a place known as Rains at Joncy, Saône-et-Loire
November 26th, 2005

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