MSO7441 - Post-medieval limekiln at West Luccombe (Monument)


The remains of a limekiln at West Luccombe. It was depicted on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of 1889.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A limekiln has been annotated on the 1:10000 1975 record sheet but the source of the information is unclear. [1] A limekiln is depicted on the 1st edition 25" map in West Luccombe village, at SS 8995 4616, close to a limestone quarry. [2] The kiln was surveyed by Holley in November 1996. The tithe map recorded that the landowner in 1840 was Sir Thomas Dyke-Acland and the occupier was Mary Stoate. It is built of slates and sandstone and was approximately 4m in height. The remains included a parapet, inspection door, chimney, lime shed and lime-burner's shelter. Two sides of the combustion chamber were noted to have collapsed but the front retaining wall was in a good condition. [3] The limekiln is also shown on the 1931 and 1962 6 inch maps and labelled 'old limekiln'. [4,5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. King L, Inventory - RCHME.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 34(6).
  • <3> Report: Holley, S.. 1997. An Investigation of Limekilns on Exmoor for the Purposes of Conservation. Site number 19.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1931. 6 Inch Map: 1931. 1:10560.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.



Grid reference Centred SS 8989 4613 (8m by 10m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11314
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE43
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA165231
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1127395
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33669

Record last edited

Jul 11 2016 2:23PM


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