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Northern Lime-Kiln Bank

A Grade II Listed Building in Welshpool, Powys

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Latitude: 52.6402 / 52°38'24"N

Longitude: -3.1576 / 3°9'27"W

OS Eastings: 321762

OS Northings: 305342

OS Grid: SJ217053

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.6R8M

Mapcode Global: WH79P.GWLV

Plus Code: 9C4RJRRR+3W

Entry Name: Northern Lime-Kiln Bank

Listing Date: 29 February 1996

Last Amended: 29 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16748

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Built against the canal embankment, N of the by-road from Sarn-y-bryn-caled cottages.

County: Powys

Community: Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Community: Welshpool

Locality: Belan

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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History: The lime-kilns form part of a larger group with the adjacent southern kiln bank, built in phases from the late C18 to the mid C19. The earliest kilns (Nos 5 and 6) were probably built when the canal was opened in 1797: nos 7 and 8 were added shortly afterwards, c1800.

Description: The rubble retaining wall curves round to either side of kilns 5 and 6 to enclose a cart loading area, and is stepped back from a thickened base. The steep arches have rough stone voussoir heads, and the tunnels are entirely stone lined, and connected by a cross-passage in front of the drawing holes. These are visible in No 6, but obscured in No 5: the cones are not visible in either kiln, and have probably collapsed.

Kilns 7 and 8 are set forward of the earlier pair, in a rubble raked-back retaining wall, and have voussoir heads to segmental arches. Brick-lined tunnels lead back to the drawing holes, but these are obscured by the charge from the collapsed cones.

Listed as part of an important complex of lime-kilns - the largest single group of kilns on the Montgomeryshire Canal - which together illustrate the typological development of the lime-kiln from the late C18 to the mid C19.

Reference: Stephen Hughes, The Archaeology of the Montgomeryshire Canal, 1988, pp. 63-66.

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