Structure / Site Summary for 247783

Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp: Field Limekiln and limestone quarry

The proximity of this small limekiln (and its adjacent small limestone quarry) to the Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp has led many people to speculate that it provided burnt lime for the mortar used during the construction of Ribblehead Viaduct (and the other major railway-related structures in this area). However, the SCRCA Project Team has not yet found any documentary, archaeological or other evidence to support this theory.

The kiln is a traditional field limekiln, and these typically produce a relatively low-grade of burnt lime. Such kilns are also extremely inefficient and it is highly unlikely that this one could have produced either the quality or the quantity of lime needed for the construction works in this area. Furthermore, a number of contemporary accounts clearly state that lime was transported by train from Barrow-on-Soar in Leicestershire to Ingleton, then carried up to the site on pack-horses and carts. The presence of this limekiln (and the adjacent quarry) is easily explained by the need to cheaply produce agricultural lime to 'improve' the acidic soils that occur naturally across much of the surrounding common land and enclosed fields.

This site has been included in the SCRCA Project database in order to record and publish the information provided above and to invite anyone with contradictory information to contact us.

Limekiln and limestone quarry in the Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp area

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp: Field Limekiln and limestone quarry

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 247

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Remote

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: No

Construction / installation period: MR-C

Current Use: Demolished

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy

The limekilns and adjacent limerstone quarry lie inside the boundary of the Settle Carlisle Railway Conservation Area and inside the boundary of the "Ribblehead railway construction camp and prehistoric field system" Scheduled Ancient Monument. The latter is covered by List Entry Number (LEN) 1015726.

The relevant entry in "The National Heritage List for England" can be reviewed at:

List Entry Extract(s)

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List entry Number (LEN) List Entry Name Protection Category List Entry County List Entry District List Entry National Park List Entry Source URL(s)
1015726 Ribblehead railway construction camp and prehistoric field system      SAM North Yorkshire Craven    YDNP

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Notes / additional information

For links and references to a wealth of fascinating and useful information about life at - and the sites and structures associated with - the Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp, see "Contemporary accounts relating to the construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway".

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