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HER Number:MDV14286
Name:Great Torrington, Limekiln


A quarter of a mile past town mills, rolle canal served a bank of four limekilns (hughes).


Grid Reference:SS 498 180
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSt. Giles in the Wood
Ecclesiastical ParishST.GILES IN THE WOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/54

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIME KILN (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

HUGHES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV135.

A quarter of a mile past town mills, rolle canal served a bank of four limekilns (hughes).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138.

Hughes, b. D. /industrial archaeology/7(feb 1970)75-83(in parish file).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139.

Des=hughes, b. /(?)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV141.

Des=slides(horner, w. )/(12/6/1997)/in smr.

Hunt, P. J., 1989, Torrington, 11; Photo (Report - non-specific). SDV352248.

Cleared of undergrown ith 1986.

Horner, W., 1997, Limekiln (Worksheet). SDV340786.

Visited 12/6/1997. A soil and rubble bank has been created at the north end of the kilns for storage space by Royal Horticultural Society at Rosemoor Garden. It falls just short of impinging on the building and the canal. The kilns are impressive and although neglected, are generally stable. There are 7 kilns, 6 in facing pairs under covered arched passages with the 7th on the open south end of the range. There may have been an 8th on the north end but this has now collapsed. On the north west side of the building is a tall barrel-vaulted chamber which would have given onto the canal side. The whole structure is built of roughly coursed rubble stone with dressed stone arches to the passages and kiln mouths. Some of the feeder pots are exposed. In one of the passages there is exposed a stone-lined drainage gully.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV135Migrated Record: HUGHES.
SDV138Migrated Record:
SDV139Migrated Record:
SDV141Migrated Record:
SDV340786Worksheet: Horner, W.. 1997. Limekiln. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV352248Report - non-specific: Hunt, P. J.. 1989. Torrington. Devon County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11; Photo.

Associated Monuments

MDV53331Related to: Great Torrington Manorial Mills (Monument)
MDV14285Related to: Rolle Canal Basin (Monument)
MDV445Related to: Torrington or Rolle Canal (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2015 10:44AM