NS4381 : Remains of lime-kiln

taken 9 years ago, near to Blairquhomrie, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Remains of lime-kiln in this square
Remains of lime-kiln
Remains of lime-kiln
This is the "possible lime-kiln" that is mentioned in the Canmore database (see the end-note; the grid reference given at the Canmore link does not match this location exactly, but please bear in mind that it was recorded in the 1970s, without the benefit of modern GPS technology).

As my photo shows, there is a pit built into the side of a NNE-facing slope. It is about 3 metres in diameter, and its wall is open on the downhill side, with a scattering of stones in front of the opening. Those stones, presumably the remains of the kiln itself, are not visible in this view, but are shown here: NS4381 : Remains of lime-kiln (that photograph more or less shows what is just out of shot, on the right, in this one; it was not practical to show the whole structure in a single picture).

Compare NS3678 : Remains of lime-kiln. The lime-kiln ruins that I have encountered so far in the Dunbartonshire area all appear to be fairly similar in design; they are circular, with a diameter of about three metres. I later encountered an example where a relatively intact section of the original wall is visible: NS4178 : Remains of lime-kiln.

Auchincarroch Hill (NS4281 : Western side of Auchincarroch Hill) is visible in the background, left of centre.
Remains of lime-kiln
The meagre remains of what would have been a circular structure of dry-stone construction. See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for details. Already long derelict by the time of the first-edition OS map (c.1860), the kiln probably dates from the eighteenth century.
Network of old limestone industry tracks :: NS4379
A very extensive network of ancient tracks on the moors in West Dunbartonshire links old quarries, ruined lime-kilns, and other sites connected with the local limestone-burning industry, which flourished in the 18th century. See LinkExternal link for a Geograph article about the network, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view of it.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 2 April, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 April, 2009
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Ruin (from Tags)
Place (from Tags)
Blairquhomrie Muir 
Near (from Tags)
Auchincarroch Muir 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Lime kilns   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4329 8146 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:0.0243N 4:30.8704W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4330 8146
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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