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East Limekiln, Ludchurch Quarry

A Grade II Listed Building in Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7655 / 51°45'55"N

Longitude: -4.6941 / 4°41'38"W

OS Eastings: 214191

OS Northings: 210862

OS Grid: SN141108

Mapcode National: GBR CY.ZVR0

Mapcode Global: VH2P6.LW8F

Entry Name: East Limekiln, Ludchurch Quarry

Listing Date: 15 October 1997

Last Amended: 15 October 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19001

Building Class: Industrial

Location: 75 m SE of St Elidyr's church, in a quarry now flooded. The E of two surviving kilns.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Lampeter Velfrey (Llanbedr Felfre)

Community: Lampeter Velfrey

Locality: Ludchurch

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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A limekiln, probably late C18, used to burn the Ludchurch limestone. Lewis in 1833 refers to six kilns in constant operation here, principally supplying agricultural lime for the northern parts of the county. (The quarry also produced limestone blocks for construction, described by Fenton in 1811: 'black, beautifully veined, and enlivened with the likeness of various shells in white, and furnishes slabs for chimneypieces that will take the finest polish.') The quarry was tenanted by John Hughes in 1839, under two different landowners; the E kiln was in the part under the estate of the late Canon Probbyn. The kilns in this quarry were disused by 1887. This kiln is partly buried and is flooded at one side. The site has received a Rural Wales Award for conservation (1992).


A freestanding limekiln with opposed openings and opposed ramps. Large openings with corbelling, segmentally arched at front. Masonry of a reddish coloured stone. Internally the kiln is about 3 m diameter, and there is no firebrick lining.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a limekiln preserved in its quarry context and for group value with the West kiln at Ludchurch quarry.

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