MDE21684 - Post-medieval limekiln at Southground Quarries (Building)


A ruinous limekiln is shown on historic mapping.

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Old lime kiln shown on six inch Ordnance Survey map dating from 1891. [1] The 1975 Ordnance Survey 1:2500 depicts a quarry face, spoil mound and tracks centred at SS 6925 4121, and uses the descriptor "lime kiln (disused)". [2] The features on the 1975 Ordnance Survey map are generally as shown. However, to the northeast at SS 69278 41227, in an area disturbed by quarrying, are the very ruinous remains of a lime kiln, which is not shown on the Ordnance Survey map. It consists of a roughly semicircular (in plan), earth covered, stone chamber set into the hill slope. It is some 2.7 metres deep and 2.3 metres in width. The front opening is 0.96 metres high. The structure is in an advanced state of collapse and is too unstable to allow safe access, but a flue is visible in its rear wall. Rubble and collapsed debris is visible inside and has partially blocked the opening to the chamber. The Ordnance Survey descriptor on the 1975 map is applied some 30 metres to the southwest of this feature and it is not clear whether it refers to a second kiln, which is no longer visible, or whether the descriptor has been inaccurately applied. [3] The location of the lime kiln is correctly depicted on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [4] The 2nd Edition 25 inch Ordnance Survey map only shows a label for the kiln but does not depict its location. [5] The 2018 MasterMap data also labels the kiln as "Limekiln (disused)" and applies the label to the southwest, near the quarry earthworks. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1975. 1:10,000 Map, 1975. 1:10,000.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, SS 64 SE 43, 1 October 1993.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 909942, Extant 10 November 2021.



Grid reference SS 6927 4122 (point)
Map sheet SS64SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 60618
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/202
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE43
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 909942

Record last edited

Nov 10 2021 1:28PM


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