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HER Number:MDV5437
Name:Limekilns at Hole's Hole, Bere Ferrers


Remains of twin kilns with two shallow depressions marking where the wells have been infilled. Revd Swete refers to them in his journals. They were used as air raid shelters during the Second World War.


Grid Reference:SX 430 652
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NW/504

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIME KILN (Built, XVIII - 1751 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2244.

Vis=22/12/1992 (griffith and horner) intact kiln visible from road (horner).

Minchinton, W., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2310.

Lime-kiln - hole's hole lime-kiln (minchinton).

1954, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241250.

"old limekiln" marked on os 6" (1954) map (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241254.

Minchinton, w. /industrial archaeology in devon/(1973)31.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241255.

Booker, f. /industrial archaeology of the tamar valley/(1967)73,78.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241256.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241257.

Des=dyer, m. J. + manning, p. T. /objective 5b: lower tamar valley recreation + land management initiative: cultural heritage appraisal/(1998)51/ea report 98.60.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV241258.

Gray, t.(ed)/travels in georgian devon: the illustrated journals of the rev j. Swete (1789-1800)vol 1/(1997).

BOOKER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV256537.

Most of the tamar kilns now remaining were built between 1770 and 1830. They are generally slate built and distinguished by a bold round entrance arch, usually keyed with a heavy granite stone. Twin kilns by the river's edge at hole's hole. Two shallow depressions mark where the wells have been filled. Used as an air raid precaution post in the last war (booker).

Dyer, M. + Manning, P., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27135.

Visited and illustrated by swete in 1793 'holes hole is a little quay. With its cliffs and limekilns' (dyer + manning).

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

Old Limekiln marked.

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2017, South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, 1108 (Interpretation). SDV360825.

A lime kiln was recorded on the quay at Hole's Hole on the circa 1840 Tithe map and noted as an 'Old limekiln' on the first and second edition 1:2500 Ordnance Survey maps.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV2244Migrated Record:
SDV2310Migrated Record: Minchinton, W..
SDV241250Migrated Record: 1954.
SDV241254Migrated Record:
SDV241255Migrated Record:
SDV241256Migrated Record:
SDV241257Migrated Record:
SDV241258Migrated Record:
SDV256537Migrated Record: BOOKER.
SDV27135Migrated Record: Dyer, M. + Manning, P..
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94859 ]
SDV360825Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2017. South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. 1108.

Associated Monuments

MDV21656Related to: Hole's Hole Quay, Bere Ferrers (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 5 2018 3:19PM