SM7424 : Limekilns on the east side of Porthclais harbour

taken 8 years ago, near to Rhosson, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Limekilns on the east side of Porthclais harbour
Limekilns on the east side of Porthclais harbour
Porthclais is maintained by the National Trust which runs a sales kiosk and tea stall in the carpark making it a popular destination for walkers. The harbour was once a busy trading port serving the city of St Davids, a mile to the northeast.

Porthclais harbour is at the head of a narrow inlet, a ria formed when seawater flooded the valley which had been carved out by retreating glaciation after the last ice age. A stone breakwater protects the harbour entrance. The coast around Porthclais is popular with canoeists and rock-climbers.

From the sixteenth century until around 1900, goods handled at Porthclais included wool, corn, malt, timber and lime. Derelict lime kilns can still be seen on both sides of Porthclais harbour (the kilns in the photo are on the east side). Limestone was brought in by ship and burnt in the kilns to produce lime which was transported away by horse and cart; some went to make mortar but most was used for agricultural soil conditioning.
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 September, 2009   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 8 October, 2009
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Lime kilns   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 741 241 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:52.1933N 5:16.9511W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SM 741 241
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