FORESTHEAD LIMEKILNS

 

Originally built about 1820 after the opening of the branch of the waggonway to Blacksyke colliery. Originally it was a bank of two kilns. Documents in the Carlisle Record Office suggest that James Thompson, The Earl of Carlisle's coal and lime agent suggested in 1834 that a pair of lime kilns should be built here at an approximate cost of £100. Accounts for 1835 show that a total of £96 1s. 7d had been spent on their construction. If you go into the left side kiln and look up you can see the original fronts of the kiln which will have been like those at BISHOP HILL which date from a similar time. The next two kilns and the new front will have been added either at the end of the nineteenth century or early twentieth century.

 

The kilns continued working until after the 1920s.

 

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GRID REF NY 585 577

 

HER 10181

 

OVERALL LENGHT 33.62M

 

THE TWO LEFT ARCHES ARE 3.15M WIDE THE TWO RIGHT ARCHES ARE 3.4 AND 3.5M WIDE.

 

OVERALL VHEIGHT 8.84M.

 

There are four oval pots all 2.51m wide and varying lenghts. of 3.04, 3.66, 3.35, and 4.57m from left to right. They are brick lined with a variety of makes of firebricks including NLWL, PICT A and BUTE.

 

The two left side pots have two draw eyes the right side having three draw eyes. All are arched and made of brick.

 

There was a rail access to the bottom of the kiln. A track came out of the quarry to the right and onto the kiln tops for charging. There is a small explosive store next to the track as it enters the quarry.

 

 

 

First edition Ordnance Survey 1868.

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