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Limekilns Near Bougang Farm

A Category C Listed Building in Colmonell, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.1285 / 55°7'42"N

Longitude: -4.9587 / 4°57'31"W

OS Eastings: 211463

OS Northings: 585566

OS Grid: NX114855

Mapcode National: GBR GH44.TN3

Mapcode Global: WH2R8.SCX8

Entry Name: Limekilns Near Bougang Farm

Listing Date: 22 October 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 336189

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4879

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Colmonell

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick

Parish: Colmonell

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Probably early 19th century. N-facing limekiln built into steep slope with 2 segmental draw arches, roughly stepped outer buttresses and battered central buttress. Random rubble with squared grey sandstone voussoirs.

Statement of Interest

A good early 19th century limekiln occupying a commanding position in the landscape. In the 18th and 19th centuries lime was frequently used on farms to improve the fertility of the land, as well as being employed in industry and by the building trade. Limekilns are often sited against slopes to facilitate top-loading of the limestone. This would burn slowly in the heat provided by fires lit in the draw arches, removing the carbon dioxide to leave calcium oxide ' or quick lime ' which would then crumble and fall to the base, from where it could be raked out and used immediately.

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