MSO7930 - 19th Century lime kiln at Porlock Weir (Monument)


A limekiln shown on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of 1889 could not be found during field investigation in 1994. The site is occupied by a house named "Oyster Perch".

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SS 86607 47738. The site of a lime kiln. A lime kiln is shown on the 1889 Ordnance Survey map [1] some 240 metres southeast of the quay and 10 metres south of the coast road from Porlock Weir to West Porlock. It appears as an open circle (the combustion chamber) in a rectangular building (about 15 metres northwest to southeast by 13 metres) and is annotated 'LK'. The chamber is approached from the southwest, uphill, side by a ramp. The kiln must have been built after 1841 as it is not shown on the Tithe Map [2] and must have been demolished before 1902 as it is not shown on the 1903 Ordnance Survey map [3], the site being occupied by a house named 'Oyster Perch'. There is now no trace of the kiln and no further information was obtained about it. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889. Somerset Sheet 34(1).
  • <2> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903. Somerset Sheet 34(1).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 24 November 1994.



Grid reference Centred SS 8659 4773 (33m by 35m)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10287
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE47
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 957609
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18073

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:27PM


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