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Monument Number 925997

Hob Uid: 925997
Location :
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7647050230
Summary : Limekiln (Rems of)
More information : A circular symbol and associated walling are shown on the OS 1st edition 25" mapping (1)

The descriptor "limekiln" is applied.
The site corresponding with these features is centred at SS 76475023. It lies some 7m above the pebble beach of Countisbury Cove, on an eroding cliff face. Some of the site has been lost due to this erosion, and it is consequently inaccessible. Nevertheless a general description is possible from the beach.
The remains of possibly two kilns are visible as a length of collapsing masonry built out of the cliff face. Wooden stays and supports are visible within the kilns. Associated with the kilns are various sections of walling and masonry. These are connected with access to the site and presumably the handling of materials. To the east of the kilns a length of walling appears to have formerly given access to the kilns from the beach. This walling defines the northern side of a trackway, but is now fragmented by cliff collapse. All the masonry is a mixture of beach pebbles/boulders and stone from the coastal cliffs. It is largely of uncoursed construction and is bonded with a lime mortar.
Further walling, seperate from the main complex, is visible to the west at SS 76455027, and may mark the site of another kiln.

Access to the site from the landward side was by a well constructed track cut into the cliff face and revetted in stone. It has a steady gradient and a single zig-zag which takes it to Rodney's at SS 76385018. From there it follows the existing drive from Rodney's through Kipscombe Enclosure. The occupier of Rodney's states that the cottage was originally constructed as a lime-burner's dwelling. (2)

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Source Number : 1
Source details : OS 1st ed 25" mapping Devonshire III.II 1889.
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Source Number : 2
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 30-NOV-1993, WR Wilson-North.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Lime Kiln
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 75 SE 8
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Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31