This very small volume kiln has at one time been in the ownership of the Vincent family of Mt Somers. This family was instrumental in the extensive redevelopment of the lime kilns in Ashburton Gorge Road initially built by Alfred Edward Peache, one time proprietor of Mt Somers Station.
It is a small oval furnace not more than 1200 x 800 but the size of the nearby quarries does indicate that over its life it did produce much and good burnt lime. Mr Stan Vincent advises that when it was working it had a substantial sorting shed over the front of the kiln to allow sorting in wet weather. Some cut stone that formed the foundations of that shed is scattered around the site.
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Photo taken in Maungati, New Zealand
Misplaced? Suggest new location