NS4178 : Remains of lime-kiln

near to Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Remains of lime-kiln
Remains of lime-kiln
This is a view of the ninth (see the list below) of ten visited lime-kiln ruins in this area.

Early Ordnance Survey maps (published in 1864) of this area show over a dozen "old limekiln" sites along a fairly short section (less than a mile) of the Murroch Burn.

I set out to locate ten of these sites (see also the comments at the end of this item), and succeeded in positively identifying nine of them (as for the other one, I located what I believe to be its remains, but they are in very poor condition, making identification uncertain). I have submitted images of each of the identified sites, indexed as follows (all positions are nominally 5m, or better):

● Site 1: LinkExternal link NS 40860 77837.

● Site 2: (see site 3) NS 41129 77914 ?

● Site 3: LinkExternal link NS 41138 77920.

● Site 4: LinkExternal link NS 41455 78205.

● Site 5: LinkExternal link NS 41464 78273.

● Site 6: LinkExternal link NS 41489 78301.

● Site 7: LinkExternal link NS 41560 78362.

● Site 8: LinkExternal link NS 41644 78520.

● Site 9: shown here, and at LinkExternal link NS 41686 78616.

● Site 10: LinkExternal link NS 41741 78697.

The most surprising site was number 7, where a surviving wall, intact to a height of over a metre, is fully exposed on one side.

To return to the present photo, the circular pit shown in the foreground is the ruin at site 9 (of the ten sites, this is the one whose remains are best exposed to view), with the Murroch Burn winding in the background; for the main description of this site, see LinkExternal link

The old maps referred to above are the 25-inch-to-the-mile OS maps published in 1864, based on surveys performed in 1860. As indicated by the label "old limekiln" shown on these maps, the kilns had fallen into disuse even before the middle of the nineteenth century; the remaining pits are all the same size, and the kilns were probably all built along the same lines. They were used in small-scale industry, burning limestone to produce lime for agricultural use: see LinkExternal link

Another ruined lime-kiln, further downstream than the others, is particularly close to Murroch Farm, and is built to a different (and larger) design than the rest; unlike the others, that kiln appears to have been associated with Murroch Farm: LinkExternal link
Lime-kiln ruins beside the Murroch Burn
These lime-kilns ruins are in the form of small knolls, each of which has a pit, about three metres across, at its centre. In a small-scale local industry (early eighteenth to early nineteenth century), limestone was burned to produce lime for agricultural use.
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Friday, 11 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009
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Historic sites and artefacts 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
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The Murroch Burn 
Lime kilns   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4168 7861 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.4576N 4:32.3171W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4167 7863
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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