Riddler's lime kiln - the fireplace in the lime burners one-room hut

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Bruce Comfort on August 17, 2011

This view of the kiln shows a fireplace built into the buttress wall on the East face above the hearth. Immediately below the fireplace is a set of sockets built into the stonework. These sockets appear on all three faces of the buttressing and they were clearly for a floor - a small piece of floorboard is still wedged into the stonework.

This was the Lime Burners one room "hut" Access must have been by a ladder.

The roof over the hut was possibly corrugated iron and the whole hut served as the shelter for the unloading bay where material was scraped out of the hearth for subsequent cooling crushing and slaking up the hill.

Relics of Lime Burners' and Quarrymans' accommodations can be found at other kiln locations but this built-in facility is charming and also indicative of the value that the limestone resource represented in and for a city where the most substantial buildings were being built from stone.

That value is also reflected in the very sturdy construction of the kiln, its condition after possibly 50 years of use and the huge volume of material quarried to feed it.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS KILN AND THE QUARRY AND LOADING OUT BAY ARE ALL ON PRIVATE LAND AND ARE TO BE VIEWED ONLY FROM THE ROADSIDE.

UNAUTHORISED ACCESS MAY DISTURB ANIMALS ON THE PROPERTY AND THE KILN IS DEEP AND DANGEROUS AND NOT FENCED.

THERE IS ANOTHER KILN ACROSS THE ROAD ON RESERVE LAND WHICH IS BOTH LEGALY ACCESSIBLE AND SET-UP FOR PUBLIC VIEWING.

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  • Uploaded on August 10, 2011
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Bruce Comfort
    • Camera: SAMSUNG ES65, ES67 / VLUU ES65, ES67 / SAMSUNG SL50
    • Taken on 2011/08/09 15:52:33
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/180)
    • Focal Length: 4.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.30 EV
    • No flash

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