MEM22983 - Post-medieval lime kiln at Heddon's Mouth (Building)


The fragmentary remains of a lime kiln were noted during a RCHME field survey in 1993. They possible predate the extant lime kiln to the northwest.

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SS 6556 5974 - At Heddon's Mouth there are the remains of a second kiln below the standing kiln. Very little of the base is left: Two curved structures both 2.3 metres wide, one facing southeast and the other northeast. [1] This lime kiln is not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [2] It is not clear whether the lime kiln shown on the Trentishoe Tithe Map is the extant structure or the ruined one. [3] SS 6549 4956. A restored lime kiln, the fragmentary remains of a second and the footings of a bothy are built into the bottom of steep slopes on the west side of Heddon's Mouth Cleave. Some 10 metres to the southeast of and below the restored kime kiln, set into the foot of the crumbling slopes almost at river level, are the fragmentary remains of another kiln, presumably pre-dating it. The remains consist of the western bases of two drawholes (each about 3 metres long and 0.9 metres high) connected by a curved fragment of central bowl (0.9 metres wide and 0.9 metres high). It would appear that this earlier kiln collapsed, possibly being undercut by the river in flood, and the other kiln was constructed, probably from its remains, higher up the cliff. The kiln must have been infilled and it has only recently been revealed. Published Survey 1:2500 (1976) Accepted. [4] The GIS location has been approximated from the RCHME description. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. Worksheet, R Akers and D Goodwin, undated.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: 1842. Trentishoe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 June 1993.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 23 September 2014.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34633, Extant 28 April 2021.



Grid reference SS 6549 4955 (point) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Devon HER Monument External Reference: MDV2020
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2020
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/1
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE8
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA107802
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34633
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (20-50)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (50-100)

Record last edited

May 3 2021 10:26PM


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