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CRAIG-YR-HAFOD LIME KILN
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 07829g Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Llanfoist Fawr Unitary authority : Monmouthshire NGR : SO2729210314 Site Type (preferred type first) : Post-Medieval Lime kiln Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : A remarkably well-preserved example of a dated early lime kiln with its associated quarries and trackways for coal and lime. The kiln was in use by one Lewis Lewis before 1811, when Lewis was aged 63 and a larger quarry was being opened nearby.
Description : A remarkably well-preserved example of a dated early lime kiln with its associated quarries and trackways for coal and lime. The kiln was in use by one Lewis Lewis before 1811, when Lewis was aged 63 and a larger quarry was being opened nearby. The kiln is a single pot 2.5m diameter with an arch to the east, and is 3m high. The site is approached from the north-west by a path strewn with stone which appears to connect it to the coal level at Pen-ffordd-goch dated to before 1821, which is scheduled as MM227. A track zigzags up the hill from the north, which is revetted with stone in places. A cottage ruin lies adjacent to this. The kiln is at the nearest point to the enclosed land below the common, and it is likely that the lime was for local agricultural use. It would have been superseded by the larger quarries connected by tramroad to the canal which opened below it in 1812, and the OS 25" map surveyed in 1878 shows the quarry and kiln disused and as they appear today. The scheduled area is bounded by the wall and sheepfold on the south, the lower side of the access track on the east as far as a stone causeway, and the top of the quarries on the west. Of national importance as a well preserved and documented early limekiln and quarry group.
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