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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 336189
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4879
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Girvan and South Carrick
Traditional County: Ayrshire
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.
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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