Ferrières is situated in Tarn ( Midi Pyrénées) , Two hours far from Toulouse, one hour from Albi and 25 minutes from Castres near Vabre and nestled in a green environment ,rich with historical remnants. With average altitude of 500 m. it covers a 1200 ha area .There are 150 inhabitants in Ferrières and their main activity is foresting and farming ( sheep and cattle )
The hamlets and the “Ferralgues” brookFerrières and its hamlets are scattered on both sides of the brook Ferralgues , an affluent of river Agout.In the upper part of the stream the hamlets hang over the valley half way up the shore, each with its well ( La Vayssière and its monumental pool “ la tine”). The ponds were used to water the meadows which allowed people to live in economic self sufficiency as they raised some cattle
The castle of Ferrières and the old housesTheir historical background is most strange although the Ferrièrols are willing to welcome you in their quiet surroundings.
The castle, nowadays a private property, was owned by Guillaume de Guilhot, a Protestant lord and three times governor in Castres.It became very popular in the second half of the XVI th century. A lordly mansion preciously decorated in the Renaissance style ,it was bought by les Etats du Languedoc ,turned into prison under the reign of Louis XIV, then into barracks for dragons after the Edit de Nantes was abolished and was eventually sold as a national property during the French Revolution. Out of the 6 original towers ( hexagons overlooking a rectangular square with a suspended garden) only 3 are left and razed to the roof after the Revolution had taken place. The three other ones were used as quarries for the building of houses in hamlets around
The houses of textile manufacturers in La Ramade
Textile industry started at the end of the Middle Ages . It developed in the XVII th & XVIII th centuries making Protestant families more affluent.They built these big houses which can be seen in the hamlet La Ramade.Some of them display two or three storeys and four sloped roofs.There were looms in the ground floor while people lived upstairs.Villagers often owned a loom at home and worked for these families who became richer as traders and consequently invested with lands buying the biggest farms in the mountains.