MSO8056 - Post-medieval lime kiln at Bossington Beach (Building)


The fragmentary remains of a limekiln at Bossington Beach, the westernmost of a group of four shown on an estate map of 1809. The remains consist principally of part of its southwest wall corner.

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The fragmentary remains of a lime kiln are located on the coast at Bossington Beach, near Porlock. This kiln has been built into the top of the north side of a steep shingle bank that skirts the beach. The remains consist principally of part of its south-west wall corner. The slightly buttressed south wall, of roughly coursed beach pebbles, is 4 metres long, 0.5 metres to 0.7 metres thick and still stands some 1.5 metres high. The west wall, consisting of footings only, is 2 metres long and 0.5 metres thick. A step in these footings, 0.7 metres wide, may be modern to accommodate a footpath. Some 8 metres north east of this corner is a fragment of similar walling. The remainder of the kiln has collapsed down the bank and is no longer evident. [1] These are the remains of the westernmost of four kilns shown on an 1809 Bossington Estate map. They are depicted as unannotated open circles, but appear in the apportionment as 'Lime Kiln'. [2] The kiln is also shown on both the 1842 Luccombe and 1841 Porlock Tithe Maps as an unannotated rectangular building. [3, 9] It is shown on the 1889 Ordnance Survey map, though it is unannotated, so presumably it must have gone out of use by then. [4,1] The kiln is plotted and annotated on an estate map of 1876. It is therefore probable that it passed out of use between 1876 and 1889. [6] A post-medieval lime kiln, visible as a ruined building, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1941. Located on the top of the shingle of Bossington Beach at SS 8915 4834, the stone built lime kiln consists of one linear wall section, the southern wall aligned west-south-west to east-north-east parallel with the beach, 4.5 metres long and 0.6 metres thick. Aerial photographs taken in 1941 show that part of the west wall was extant at that time, but has subsequently collapsed. [7] The lime kiln was still visible on aerial photographs taken in 1999. [8]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 November 1994.
  • <2> Survey: 1809-1812. Survey and Valuation of the Manor of Bossington.
  • <3> Map: Collard Cox, W.. 1841. Luccombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889. Somerset Sheet 34(2).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1972. 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. Sheet SS 8948.
  • <6> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1995. Porlock Bay and Marsh: A Rapid Preliminary Assessment of the Cultural and Palaeoenvironmental Resource. P. 21.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8948/5 (MSO31206/004) (21 June 1941).
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8948/10 (18299/10) (19 March 1999).
  • <9> Map: Cox, J. W.C.. 1841. Porlock Tithe Map and Apportionment. 13.3 inches : 1 mile.



Grid reference Centred SS 8915 4834 (7m by 6m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE50
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA165235
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 957639
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18069

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