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HER Number:MDV18198
Name:Countess Wear Lime Kilns, Lime Kiln Lane, Exeter


The best preserved limekilns along the Exe and canal. Built of white limestone with red sandstone dressings.


Grid Reference:SX 940 901
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishTOPSHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX99SW/99
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIME KILN (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD)

Full description

Minchinton, W., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 14 (Monograph). SDV362710.

Countess wear lime-kiln. Minchinton gives the grid reference as SS939-902-, which seems to be incorrect

Department of Environment, 1974, Exeter District, 179 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV342016.

Nineteenth century white limestone with red sandstone dressings. Two furnaces in one kiln, one in the other. The larger kiln in good condition.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Ruined limestone shown.

Allen, D., 2023, Views of the Countess Weir Lime Kilns, 4 (Article in Serial). SDV365261.

Countess Wear Lime kilns are the best preserved of their type along the Exe and the canal. They were in use from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, the limestone for burning and coal for fuel easily brought in by water. The lime was used for both for mortar and for fertiliser. Two paintings of the kilns survive, dated to 1850 and 1862.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342016List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1974. Exeter District. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 179.
SDV362710Monograph: Minchinton, W.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. . 14.
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #139847 ]
SDV365261Article in Serial: Allen, D.. 2023. Views of the Countess Weir Lime Kilns. Devon Archaeological Society Newsletter. 144. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2023 2:08PM