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Llanymynech Lime Kiln

Past Work

Client:- Shropshire Council

Project:-  Llanymynech Lime Kiln Project

Cutaway reconstruction illustration of a Hoffman lime kiln & several aerial illustrations of the project area, showing the process of extraction of limestone from the quarries. Burning the lime stone in kilns to make quicklime & then transported via canal & rail network.

Llanymynech Heritage Area forms part of an extensive site known as Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area. The site represents a nationally significant ‘industrial production line in the landscape’ together with a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age.

As one of only three remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country and the only one with the chimney still intact, this is a nationally significant industrial heritage area. The site forms part of the ‘Limeworks’ landscape, from rock extraction on the high cliffs of Llanymynech Rocks, down the inclined planes through to the kilns and beyond, transporting the finished lime via the Montgomery Canal and Railway.

This area was a major centre of the lime industry until the beginning of the 1900s, and retains a number of important features of industrial archaeology. The Hoffmann Kiln also has an impressive 42.5 metre high chimney.