NY5857 : Foresthead Quarry lime kilns (detail)

taken 7 years ago, near to Forest Head, Cumbria, Great Britain

Foresthead Quarry lime kilns (detail)
Foresthead Quarry lime kilns (detail)
There are four kilns in all NY5857 : Lime Kilns. The two at the north-east end (the rightmost of which is shown here) each have two draw holes with half-domed openings, while the two kilns at the south-west end each have three draw holes with tunnel openings NY5857 : Limekilns at Foresthead Quarry. It is not known if the two sets where built at the same time.

The kilns are of the draw hole type which were used to burn limestone. Typically the limestone was tipped into the kilns from above via the charge holes NY5857 : Limekilns at Foresthead Quarry then burned using wood, coal or coke as a fuel. The resultant quicklime, also known as birdlime or slaked lime, was then shovelled out from the draw hole at the bottom of the kilns. The lime was used in a variety of ways: spreading on
lime deficient soils to encourage plant growth, for the whitewashing of walls
and ceilings of buildings, and in the production of concrete and cement production.
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Date Taken
Friday, 6 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 7 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Uplands  Quarrying, Mining 
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Lime Kiln 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5854 5774 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:54.7581N 2:38.8945W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5854 5774
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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