MSO8867 - Lime Kilns at Brendon Hill (Monument)


The foundations of two limekilns on Brendon Hill, visible as stone foundations. They are assumed to have been in operation in the second half of the 19th Century at the same time as the ironstone mining in the vicinity.

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ST 0199 3415. Two limekilns, Brendon Hill. For details see county SMR. [1] The limekilns described by the previous authority were seen as stone foundations and mapped from aerial photographs. A trackway connects the limekilns to the road to the south east, and on the north side of the kilns is an embankment, which presumably had a siding on it in order to link the kilns with the West Somerset Mineral Railway. The limekilns situation suggests they were in operation at the same time as surrounding ironstone mining in the second half of the nineteenth century. [2,3] Derelict lime kilns located to the west side of the Bampton Road Stores site. [4] 'Old Limekilns' printed on the Ordnance Survey first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1888. A railway siding ran to the kilns from the top of the incline but this is not depicted. [5,9] They survive in good condition. A well developed track leads southwards from the kilns to the road, presumably used for transporting raw materials and final product. [6]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Collection: Somerset County Council. 2009. Somerset County Council Historic Environment Record. 33416.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/70387 499-500 25-SEP-1970.
  • <3> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, ST 03 SW.
  • <4> Report: The Hartley Conservation Partnership + David Sekers Consulting Partnership. 2004. West Somerset Mineral Railway Conservation Plan. P.37.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Report: Croft, R.A.. 1992. The West Somerset Mineral Railway Research Design. p5.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1904. 25" sheet. 58(3).
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" ST03SW.
  • <9> Monograph: Sellick R. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway. 31.



Grid reference Centred ST 0200 3413 (49m by 86m)
Map sheet ST03SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO435
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11118
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 SW27
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 975391
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33416

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Mar 20 2014 3:26PM


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