MSO8058 - Post-medieval lime kiln at Bossington Beach (Building)


The fragmentary remains of a limekiln at Bossington Beach, the second from the east of four kilns shown on an estate map of 1809. They consist only of a section of foundations.

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The fragmentary remains of a lime kiln located at SS 89213 48380, on the coast at Bossington Beach, near Porlock. This kiln has been built into the top of the northern side of a steep turf covered shingle bank skirting the beach. The remains are only superficial and as such are now unidentifiable as a lime kiln. They consist of a section of foundations, about 2 metres long and 0.4 metres thick, of small pebbles set in a reddish clay, capped by a limestone layer 0.1 metre thick. Above this is a layer of turf. Down the slope some 5 metres to the northeast is a similar pebbly fragment and part of a limestone layer. The remainder of the kiln is no longer evident. [5] These are the remains of the second (from the east) of four (See MSO8056, MSO8057 and MSO8059) kilns shown on an 1809 Bossington Estate map. They are depicted as unannotated open circles but appear in the apportionment as 'Lime Kiln'. [1] The kiln is also shown on both the 1842 Luccombe and 1841 Porlock Tithe Maps as an unannotated rectangular building. [2, 7] It is not shown on the 1889 OS map so presumably it must have gone out of use before then. [3] No survey action. [5] The kiln is depicted on the Holnicote estate map of 1876, indicating that it probably passed out of use between 1876 and 1889. [6]

Sources/Archives (7)

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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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



Grid reference Centred SS 8922 4838 (12m by 11m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10285
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE52
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA165235
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 957657
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18071

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Aug 17 2020 12:28PM


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