Monument record BSE 076 - Post Medieval lime kiln and chalk pit extraction.

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Area shown on Thos Warren's 1776 town map marked "Old Lime Kilns", believed to be main area of Medieval chalk extraction as well.


Grid reference Centred TL 8509 6385 (250m by 73m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Area shown on Thos Warren's 1776 town map marked "Old Lime Kilns" (S1). According to Margaret Statham also main area of Medieval chalk extraction.
Referred to as 'Lymkelneyerd' in documents as abuttals of Barrow Charity lands from at least 1457 to 1489 (S3).
Two kilns shown on 1:500 1886 maps at TL 8507 6385 & TL 8511 6387. HER mapping after OS 1:2500 mapping.
Local tradition (in 1970s?) claimed that extensive adits extended from this pit the entrance to which was large enough for wagons (S2) - note ventilation shafts BSE 184, 185, 188 & 286. Note the 1: 500 OS 1880s map shows a trackway extending directly to the cliff face at circa TL 84986 63864 suggesting the likely location of an large adit entrance.
Parkway (road) constructed across much of site in 1970s.
For other contemporary `working' kilns, see BSE 075, 077-079.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> (No record type): Warren T, map, St Edmunds Bury, 1776.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: copy (S1).
  • <S2> Verbal communication: Personal communication. Lees T (MADDC) per Pendleton C (SCCAS), january 2007.
  • <S3> Source Checked: Suffolk Record Office. BSE, EL 13/12/1-50.

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Record last edited

Dec 20 2019 9:38AM

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