NS4278 : Small circular feature beside the Spouts Burn

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Small circular feature beside the Spouts Burn
Small circular feature beside the Spouts Burn
This is similar to the mounds that are described at NS4278 : Signs of former industry at the Spouts Burn, but, unlike them, it has a central hollow, so that it resembles a very small enclosure. Its near side, at least, should be fairly easy to make out in this view; near the bottom edge of the photograph, there is an arc of flattened vegetation just inside the low ridge of the enclosure; following that arc makes the course of the far side evident.

Perhaps an oval structure once stood here, but was later removed. The other low mounds in the area were perhaps clamp kilns; if this was also a clamp kiln, it may have been built slightly differently, but it may simply be that its decay and overgrowth with vegetation proceeded along different lines.
Mounds beside the Spouts Burn
Alongside this part of the Spouts Burn, there is a single large green mound, with a hollow that is probably a lime-kiln ruin, and several similar but much smaller mounds; the latter are arranged in pairs, with one on each side of the burn, and they may be the remains of clamp-kilns. See LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view centred on this area. If associated with nearby cornstone quarrying (see LinkExternal link for details), these signs of former industry probably date 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
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010   (more nearby)
Thursday, 11 February, 2010
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Period (from Tags)
18th Century 
Near (from Tags)
The Spouts Burn 
Enclosure   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4281 7844 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.3884N 4:31.2258W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4282 7843
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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