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HER Number:MDV22308
Name:Lime Kilns at Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton


This group of lime kilns date to at least the early-mid 19th century (Tithe Map shows the structures), but may well be earlier; documentary sources for the quarry state it was in use from at least the later 18th century. Noted in 1990 as being 'uncovered' during works and in danger of deterioration / destruction.


Grid Reference:SX 730 912
Map Sheet:SX79SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDrewsteignton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDREWSTEIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX79SW/44/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIME KILN (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD? to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1803-1804, Ordnance Survey Drawing 26 east (Cartographic). SDV227358.

Limekilns are shown on Ordnance Survey 2 inch drawings (1803-04) of the quarry.

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Limekilns at Drewsteignton or Blackaller Quarry shown on Tithe Map as a range of at least three rectangular buildings with two small circular features in the centre, roughly in the centre of the quarry site. Within plot 886: 'Kiln soil heaps'.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

On the later 19th century historic map depiction, two of the buildings shown on the earlier Tithe map, nearest the round features, are still shown (although the latter are not). Additional buildings are shown to the north-west and at the eastern end of this area.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

The late 19th century building at the eastern end is no longer shown, but otherwise this revised map shows the same buildings, as well as the pair of circular features in position. Map object partly based on this source.

Griffiths, D. M., 1984, Cottages at Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton, 15/2/1984 (Worksheet). SDV274094.

Now precipitously sited on edge of modern quarry. Three kilns in one rectangular structure, buttressed at the front. Well-built with ashlar limestone blocks, but overgrown and with shafts filled in. Adjoining kilns on the east is a ruined building with brick chimney. Threatened by quarry on one side and spoil heap on the other.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1984, Limekilns at Blackaller Quarry, 27/7/1984 (Worksheet). SDV274913.

Set of three abandoned limekilns with buttresses on the northern side, each kiln is of a slightly different design. Date stone set into one of buttresses reads 'W. P. & Co. 1830'. The kilns are in a precarious position, as ground on the west and north sides has been removed to a considerable depth right up to the kilns themselves.

Greener, P., 1990, Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton, 14/2/1990 (Correspondence). SDV227359.

Detail of the current (1990) state of the quarry and three limekilns uncovered in recent activity. The structures are in a vulnerable state and in danger of damage / destruction. The limekilns are gradually disappearing (see photo A). Photo B shows the kilns from a more westerly point, and photo C the kiln which is more or less intact.

Greener, P., 1990, Photographs of Blackaller Quarry, 14/2/1990 (Photograph). SDV227348.

Images of three lime kilns.

Born, A., 1991, Limestone, Limekilns and the Limeburning Industry north and west of Dartmoor, 237 (Article in Serial). SDV245698.

Large double limekiln built of chert and limestone, some granite facings to two arches. Two buttresses in front. Granite plaque in centre near top inscribed 'WS & Co. 1830'. Another large double kiln on site of old winch house. Badly damaged by earth moving operations.

Clark, S., 1995, Mining and Quarrying in the Teign Valley, 6-8 (Monograph). SDV351366.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Modern mapping shows the circular features and some indication of outer walls / boundaries to this area of the quarry. Labelled as 'Kiln (disused)'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV227348Photograph: Greener, P.. 1990. Photographs of Blackaller Quarry. Digital. 14/2/1990.
SDV227358Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1803-1804. Ordnance Survey Drawing 26 east. Unknown. Unknown.
SDV227359Correspondence: Greener, P.. 1990. Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton. Letter. Digital. 14/2/1990.
SDV245698Article in Serial: Born, A.. 1991. Limestone, Limekilns and the Limeburning Industry north and west of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 123. Unknown. 237.
SDV274094Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 1984. Cottages at Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton. Worksheet. Digital. 15/2/1984.
SDV274913Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1984. Limekilns at Blackaller Quarry. Worksheet. Digital. 27/7/1984.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351366Monograph: Clark, S.. 1995. Mining and Quarrying in the Teign Valley. Mining and Quarrying in the Teign Valley. Paperback Volume. 6-8.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83391 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV16246Part of: Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV37743Related to: Blackaller Quarry Railway (Monument)
MDV22309Related to: Lime Kiln at Blackaller Quarry, Drewsteignton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 9 2018 11:12AM