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Lime Kilns

A Grade II Listed Building in Froncysyllte, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.963 / 52°57'46"N

Longitude: -3.0806 / 3°4'50"W

OS Eastings: 327512

OS Northings: 341168

OS Grid: SJ275411

Mapcode National: GBR 72.K86H

Mapcode Global: WH785.NS7D

Entry Name: Lime Kilns

Listing Date: 11 June 1998

Last Amended: 11 June 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19962

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Situated on south side of Llangollen Canal 200 m NE of village.

County: Wrexham

Town: Llangollen

Community: Llangollen Rural (Llangollen Wledig)

Community: Llangollen Rural

Locality: Froncysyllte

Built-Up Area: Froncysyllte

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Lime kilns, possibly built in association with the canal (originally known as the Ellesmere Canal), 1795-1805. Different access arches suggest that the lime kilns were not all built at the same time. Shown on 1843 Tithe Map and apparently known as Biddulph's Limekilns in 1822 when a new road (the A5) was constructed between there and Chirk. A smaller block of lime kilns E of main site has been much altered and is incorporated in gardens of dwellings.


A battery of six large lime kilns built into the steep escarpment between the canal and the A5 above. High retaining wall in roughly squared and coursed limestone, the centre section of which has been repaired in concrete. Easternmost access arch is pointed with three brick voussoir rings. The next two access arches are segmental. The three western acess arches (all blocked) are round-headed each with a single ring of stone voussoirs. Much of the retaining wall over two westernmost kilns has fallen.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an impressive set of large-scale canal-side lime-kilns, survival of early industrial history of the region.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II War Memorial
    Situated at S side of A5 road next to graveyard of St David's Church.
  • II Cross Street Tunnel and Archways
    Runs beneath Llangollen Canal, about half way between Froncysyllte and Pentre
  • II Former Mount Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel and Graveyard
    Situated next to school and stands within small graveyard on hill south of A5 road.
  • II Argoed Hall
    Set in its own wooded grounds high above a bend of the River Dee and N of the A5. Approached along a short drive.
  • II Stables at Argoed Hall
    Immediately to N of Argoed Hall which is set in its own wooded grounds high above a bend in the River Dee and to the N of A5. Reached along short drive.
  • II Farm Building at Fron-uchaf Farm, with front garden wall
    The farm lies on the hill road from Fron-isaf to Froncysyllte. The farm building stands at right angles to the road, and forms the N side of the walled front garden.
  • II Fron-uchaf Farmhouse
    The farm stands N of the hamlet of Fron-isaf, on the W side of the road running NW to Pen-y-graig and Froncysyllte.
  • II Plas-Offa
    The farmhouse stands on the SE side of Offa's Dyke where it crosses the main Holyhead Road. The farm buildings range to the W.

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