As a child I was intrigued by the building called the Limekilns in Cheekpoint. When I asked my father what it was for his answer reminds me of what I tell my daughter when she asks what the internet is…He said it was for making lime, as I might say its a means of getting information.
|Double Lime Kiln at the Green, Cheekpoint|
|An English scene depicting a sailing boat carrying lime stones to be unloaded at a coastal kiln
accessed from http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/images/paintings/wtb/
|Anyone wondering how a lighter would access the kilns at Jack Meades
would get a good sense when considering the height of this recent high tide
It was the demand for food that spiked with the Industrial revolution that made lime burning so prevalent in the mid to late 18th Century. This combined with the Napoleonic wars which also drove demand and enhanced knowledge in agricultural sciences made lime burning a regular feature of rural areas which necessitated the building of more permanent Kilns. End Part 1