Site Event/Activity record ESF21681 - Heritage Asset Recording - Post-Medieval Lime Kiln at the former Mount Pits, Thetford Road, Brandon

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Location BRD 103 Thetford Road, Brandon
Grid reference Centred TL 789 862 (7m by 6m)
Map sheet TL78NE



Oxford Archaeology East


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On 13th June 2011, Oxford Archaeology East conducted an archaeological survey of the remains of an upstanding lime kiln located at Mount Pits, Thetford Road, Brandon. The kiln is located on the edge of a housing development site on the former Mount Pits quarry which has been subsequently in-filled to allow for the construction of a residential estate of up to 70 houses. The kiln is intended to be retained within the development area, to be protected through infilling and burial with the possible inclusion of an information board. The results of this survey will assist Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service to determine the strategy for clearance, infilling and burial of the kiln and its long-term preservation. The survey revealed the survival of part of a chalk-built kiln, depicted on early 20th century ordnance survey maps as an “Old Lime Kiln”. Despite its basic and traditional style of construction, the kiln is thought to date to the mid to late 19th century and to have fallen out of use by 1905. Cartographic evidence suggests it was one of two lime kilns associated with the chalk quarrying in the immediate area and is the last surviving evidence of the quarrying activity on the Mount Pits site. The shape of the structure in plan would indicate that the truncated chamber originally curved around a central void where the kiln “pot” would have been located. The openings on the south and western sides are where part of the chamber has been demolished. The original opening is likely to have been the square-headed opening recorded on the eastern side. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: HER event no. BRD13 Sitecode BRD13 Planning Application No. F/97/453 NMR No. 1567183 Project Type: Building Recording Methods and Techniques: ''''Annotated Sketch'''', ''''Measured Survey'''', ''''Photogrammetric Survey'''', ''''Survey/Recording Of Fabric/Structure'''' Reason for Investigation: Planning condition Monument Type(s)/Period(s): LIME KILN Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): NONE None PROJECT LOCATION Area 1000.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TL789862 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: Taleyna Fletcher Director/Manager: Aileen Connor Supervisor: Taleyna Fletcher DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Oxford Archaeology East ID: XSFBLK11 Contents: 'none' Media: 'GIS', 'Images raster / digital photography', 'Images vector', 'Survey', 'Text' PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Stores ID: BRD103 Contents: 'none' Media: 'Correspondence', 'Drawing', 'Map', 'Miscellaneous Material', 'Photograph', 'Plan', 'Report', 'Survey ' BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Post-Medieval Lime Kiln at the former Mount Pits, Thetford Road, Brandon, Suffolk Author(s)/Editor(s): Fletcher, T. Other Bibliographic Details: OA East Report No. 1278 Date: 2011 Issuer/Publisher: OA East Place of Issue or Publication: Bar Hill Description: A4 Bound report URL:

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Fletcher, T.. 2011. Heritage Asset Recording, Post-Medieval Lime Kiln at the former Mount Pits, Thetford Road, Brandon, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Limekiln, Mount pits, Thetford Road (Monument)

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Oct 11 2017 1:42PM

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