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Lime kiln - north of Cuddy's Crags, Hadrian's Wall
55.015400,-2.347000
 
 
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From the 18th century improvements in farming methods led to demand for lime, used to reduce acidity in the soil. This kiln was constucted on a limestone outcrop north of Hadrian's Wall. Alternate layers of crushed limestone and coal were fed into a cone-shaped 'pot' at the top of the kiln. These rested on a grate above an air inlet or 'eye' at the bottom. The coal was set alight and the fire slowly spread upwards. The burnt lime was raked out of the base of the kiln, access being provided by the arched openings. The structure is about 4m high.
View from the east.
Hadrian's Wall
CN-80/3/07E2   190812
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Lime kiln - Hadrian's Wall
June 1980
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