MDE11675 - Post-medieval lime kilns at Countisbury Cove (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a lime kiln with an open combustion chamber and some sections of walling were noted during field investigation and on historic mapping.

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Full Description

Situated some 7 metres above the pebble beach of Countisbury Cove on an eroding cliff face. Some of the site has been lost due to this erosion and is consequently inaccessible. However, a general description is possible from the beach. The remains of possibly two kilns are visible as a length of collapsing masonry built out of the cliff face. Wooden stays and supports are visible within the kilns. Associated with the kilns are various sections of walling and masonry. These are connected with access to the site and presumably the handling of materials. To the east of the kilns a length of walling appears to have formerly given access to the kilns from the beach. This walling defines the north side of a trackway, but is now fragmented by cliff collapse. All the masonry is a mixture of beach pebbles or boulders and stone from the coastal cliffs. It is largely of uncoursed construction and is bonded with a lime mortar. Further walling, separate from the main complex, is visible to the west (MDE21496) and may mark the site of another kiln. Access to the site from the landward side was a well constructed track cut into the cliff face and revetted in stone. It has a steady gradient and a single zigzag which takes it to Rodney's (MDE21947). From there it follows the existing drive from Rodney's through Kipscombe Enclosure. The occupier of Rodney's states that the cottage was originally constructed as a lime burner's dwelling. [1] One kiln, with an open combustion chamber and some sections of walling, remains. [2] Site of 'Limekiln' shown on the Ordnanace Survey 25 inch 1st edition map as a small circular feature between two long narrow rectangular features. The southern feature is approximately 30 metres long by 6 metres wide and the northern feature is approximately 44 metres long by 4 metres wide with a bend at the western end. [3] Site of 'Old Limekiln' shown on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch 1905 map as a circular feature 4.5 metres in diameter between two features of parallel lines. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. R Wilson-North, 30 November 1993.
  • <2> Report: Holley, S.. 1997. An Investigation of Limekilns on Exmoor for the Purposes of Conservation. Site 007.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 3(51).
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1905.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7647 5023 (49m by 24m) (Historic mapping)
Map sheet SS75SE
Civil Parish COUNTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 51177
  • Devon SMR: SS75SE/3
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21495
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 75 SE8
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 925997
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:01PM

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