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Roadside Limekiln at Castle Quarry

A Grade II Listed Building in Gorslas, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8145 / 51°48'52"N

Longitude: -4.1296 / 4°7'46"W

OS Eastings: 253297

OS Northings: 215017

OS Grid: SN532150

Mapcode National: GBR DP.WY1W

Mapcode Global: VH4J7.CNPC

Entry Name: Roadside Limekiln at Castle Quarry

Listing Date: 5 February 1999

Last Amended: 5 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21299

Building Class: Industrial

Location: 2km north of Drefach village and 500m south-east of Maes-y-mwnwns farm. Castle Quarry is to the south side of a minor road east from the B4310. This kiln stands at the roadside.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Llanelli

Community: Gorslas (Gors-las)

Community: Gorslas

Locality: Garn-fawr

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

A kiln probably of the early C19. Quarrying here is believed to have started in c.1600. In 1847 the 'limerock' is recorded as the property of E H Adams, the tenant being Hannah Jones. It was probably then being quarried in association with Maes-y-mwnwns farm, as it was more recently, and is said to have operated as a quarry until about 1940. This kiln is marked, apparently as in use, on the 1905 map. It is smaller and probably earlier than the south-east kiln in this listed set.

Exterior

A roadside kiln of about 7m in diameter and about 4m in height, of rubble limestone. It is built out from the higher ground. A path from the road gave access to the top. Two access archways nearly opposite to each other, both angled towards the road. The archways have corbelled vaults of about 2.5m span in neat rubble stonework, brought to a shallow point. The working openings to the foot of the kiln are not visible.

Interior

The top is overgrown but the depression in the surface indicates a kiln internal diameter of about 3m at top.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as one of a set of surviving kilns in one quarry location, suggesting a typological series, and representative of an industry of local importance.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Limekiln at the south-west of Castle Quarry
    2km north of Drefach village and 500m SE of Maes-y-mwnwns farm. Castle Quarry is to the south side of a minor road east from the B4310. This kiln stands at the south-west of the quarried area.
  • II Limekiln at the south-east of Castle Quarry
    2km north of Drefach village and 500m SE of Maes-y-mwnwns farm. Castle Quarry is to the south side of a minor road east from the B4310. This kiln stands at the south-east edge of the quarried area.
  • II Former Dwelling to Rear of Heol-ddu
    Heol-ddu is situated nearly 1km NW of Foelgastell, midway between Cefneithin and Porthyrhyd. This building is on the SW edge of the farm complex behind and a little to one side of the farmhouse; both
  • II Heol-ddu farmhouse
    Nearly 1km NW of Foelgastell, on the B4310 midway between Cefneithin and Porthrhyd. The farmhouse faces away from the road towards the farmyard; small forecourt with low rubble wall. Small walled enc
  • II Stables at Heol-ddu
    Heol-ddu is situated nearly 1km NW of Foelgastell, midway between Cefneithin and Porthyrhyd. This building lies at right angles and to the SE of the main farmhouse. Walled garden to its rear.
  • II Agricultural Range known as 'the Barn' at Heol-ddu
    Heol-ddu is situated nearly 1km NW of Foelgastell, midway between Cefneithin and Porthyrhyd. This building lies on the NE edge of the farm complex and it faces the main farmhouse.
  • II Walled Garden at Heol-ddu
    Attached to the south-east of the farmyard of Heol-ddu, the rear wall of the stable forming part of one wall.
  • II Maesdulais Lime Kilns
    In woodlands on the E side of Maesdulais Quarry,

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