MSO7480 - Nurcott Quarries and lime kilns (Monument)


A substantial quarry, now very overgrown. There is a double limekiln of unusual design.

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A quarry with extensive and considerable excavations which has now become very overgrown. Two limekilns survive but are also much overgrown. It is said that work stopped before 1914. [1] A double kiln of unusual design. Two combustion chambers are still open and in fairly good condition. Two corner buttresses survive, as do the remains of a parapet around the kiln head. The general condition of the kiln is poor, the whole site being overgrown. [2] The 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map depicts the earthworks of the quarry and labels it "Nurcott Quarries". Two "Old Limekilns" are shown and labelled at SS 9651 3905. [3] The quarries are depicted and labelled as disused on 2018 MasterMap data. The earthworks include the site of the limekilns. [4] Documented. There is a pair of limekilns at SS 9651 3905.[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> Article in serial: Williams, E.F.. 1978. Parish surveys in Somerset two: Luxborough. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 2. 19.
  • <2> Report: Holley, S.. 1997. An Investigation of Limekilns on Exmoor for the Purposes of Conservation. Site 020.
  • <3>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #39704 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <5> Report: Unknown. 2000. English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Industrial Monuments Assessment, Step 3 Reports: The Quarrying Industry, Somerset 3. English Heritage.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1128119, Extant 25 April 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9644 3903 (194m by 277m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11397
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE63
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1128119
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33753

Record last edited

Apr 25 2022 9:51PM


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