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Pistyll Limekilns

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandybie, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.8323 / 51°49'56"N

Longitude: -3.9995 / 3°59'58"W

OS Eastings: 262319

OS Northings: 216739

OS Grid: SN623167

Mapcode National: GBR DW.VLLJ

Mapcode Global: VH4J9.M6HQ

Entry Name: Pistyll Limekilns

Listing Date: 27 August 1999

Last Amended: 27 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22228

Building Class: Industrial

Location: 1 km north of Llandybie village by the A483, reached by a farm track 200m south from the Afon Marlais bridge. Large quarry to east side. Extensive traces of industrial buildings to the immediate west,

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Ammanford

Community: Llandybie (Llandybïe)

Community: Llandybie

Locality: Pistyll

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Four mid- to late-C19 limekilns beside a quarry on the site of Pistyll Isaf Farm. The kilns are shown on the 1876 map with a railway siding between them and a quarry tramway to the top. The exploitation of the lime at Pistyll commenced in the mid-C19. The kilns are said to have been worked by Messrs Strick and Richards, and to have provided lime for ironworks at Brynammon. There was, within living memory, an overhead conveyor to bring limestone to these kilns from the quarry at Llandyfan.


Unusual design with two facing pairs of limekilns, two to the north and two to the south, about 5m apart, with a full-width bridge connecting them at high level. Axe dressed limestone masonry with brick arches to the working areas. The whole structure is about 25m square and the bridge about 9m high.
At low level the railway siding entered the space beneath the bridge on the west side. The kiln working areas and platforms are about 2m above the former railway siding level, down to which there are four narrow concrete staircases. At the west there are remains of a structure which stood at the platform edge each side and covered the siding, and extended out from the kilns structure.
The arches over the working areas are semicircular, about 3m span. Two of the draw-holes are arched, the others have lintels. The south-west kiln has an additional working arch on the west face of the structure with two corbelled-over drawholes and a brick pier between. Two additional blind, recessed in the south face overlooking the siding.
At top level a raised causeway (for the former tramway) crosses the structure north-south, linking it the limestone quarry nearby and also via an embankment to the silica quarry 400m to the south east. One kiln opening is visible, in collapsed condition, about 4m diameter.

Reasons for Listing

A fine set of industrial limekilns of innovative layout.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pistyll Limeworks chimney
    To the west side of Pistyll Limeworks
  • II* Cil-yr-ychen Lime Kilns
    Prominently sited 200m to the west of Llandeilo Road, about 1½ km north of Llandybie village.
  • II Felin Wen, Llandybie
    About 1km north of Llandybie village, reached by a lane west of Llandeilo Road. North side of the Marlais stream.
  • II Cil-yr-ychen Farmhouse
    To the north side of a lane between Derwydd Mansion and Cilyrychen Industrial Estate.
  • II Cil-yr-ychen Barn Range
    At west side of Cil-yr-ychen farmyard.
  • II The Mill House, Llandybie
    To the east of Llandybie mill. Stone rubble enclosing wall (modern concrete blockwork to street side) with steps down to the mill yard.
  • II Agricultural Range Opposite Red Lion Inn
    Detached immediately opposite the Red Lion Hotel, on the northern edge of Llandybie; farmyard to rear and to left.
  • II* Church of St. Tybie
    At the centre of Llandybie village. Large stone-walled graveyard to north side (recent parts walled in concrete blocks). High wall with steps and iron gates from the street at west and south; stile be

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