Northumberland Limekilns


Kiln 1 at Botany Quarry, Parish of Bewick


The demand for lime to improve agriculture in Britain rose rapidly in the eighteenth and into the nineteenth century. In areas where limestone was found there developed a local industry with field kilns supplying the surrounding area within a few miles carting distance. In Northumberland there also developed a coastal trade with ships carrying burned lime to a range of destinations from larger banks of kilns situated at suitable harbours. With the coming of the railways many of the earlier kilns were closed down as it became economic to produce lime at large comercial units which supplied whole regions.

Today there are examples of all of these phases in the history of limeburning to be found across Northumberland and seeking them out can provide many pleasant walks and an introduction to some beautiful countryside.

There is not much written on the subject but a good start is: 'Lime Kilns of North Northumberland' by J.W. Bainbridge, in History of the Berwickshire Naturalists' Club, vol. 45, part 2 (1991) pp. 111-138.

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Adderstone Agarshill Fell
Bateinghope Burn Beadnell
Beadnell Colliery Belling Rigg
Bellshill Birtley
Botany Quarry Kiln 1 Bewick Botany Quarry Kiln 2 Bewick
Budle Bay Burton Farm
Cargies Plantation Cat Inn
Christon Bank Closehead Quarry
Cocklaw Colwell
Craggyhall Dryburn
Dunstan Square Dykehead
Easington Far Skerr
Fell End Farm Fourstones
Grasslees Great Tosson
Greencarts Greenchesters
Hadwin's Close
Haltwhistle Burn Harlaw Hill
Hazelrigg Hemmel Rigg
Hetton Limeworks High Hartington
Hobberlaw Kiln Rigg
Lindisfarne Littlemill Kiln 1
Littlemill Kiln 2 Low Alwinton
Middleton Mount Hooley Dean
Park Shield Rock, Rennington
Seahouses Shellbraes
Spindlestone Thornbrough
Thorngreen Quarry Tower Tye
Walltown Wardshill
Warenton Kiln 1 Warenton Kiln 2
West Crag, Shotley  
White House Farm Whitehouse

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