The Pays de Bray provides a link between Normandy and Picardy. It is characterised by a geological specificity– argillaceous subsoil – and typical landscapes of prairies and hedged farmland.
Its particularities form the basis of its identity and attractiveness.
This is a hedged farmland region characterised by argillaceous soil, favourable to pastures for rearing cattle and the ceramic and clay industry. “The part of The Pays de Bray located in Oise is called Bray Picard.”
Bray is an old French term meaning “wetland”, “muddy place” and “valley”. The word Bray was in use in the 12th century in the sense of “mud”, and is still used by some dialects of the Oïl language in the sense of “wetland”.
The local clay, which is of very high quality, made large-scale production possible as new techniques were discovered.
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