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Post-Medieval Lime Kiln at the former Mount Pits, Brandon Road, Thetford. Suffolk

Fletcher, Taleyna (2011) Post-Medieval Lime Kiln at the former Mount Pits, Brandon Road, Thetford. Suffolk. Project Report. Oxford Archaeaological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)

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On 13th June 2011, Oxford Archaeology East conducted an archaeological survey of the remains of an upstanding lime kiln located at Mount Pits, Thetford Road, Brandon. The kiln is located on the edge of a housing development site on the former Mount Pits quarry which has been subsequently in-filled to allow for the construction of a residential estate of up to 70 houses. The kiln is intended to be retained within the development area, to be protected through infilling and burial with the possible inclusion of an information board. The results of this survey will assist Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service to determine the strategy for clearance, infilling and burial of the kiln and its long-term preservation. The survey revealed the survival of part of a chalk-built kiln, depicted on early 20th century ordnance survey maps as an “Old Lime Kiln”. Despite its basic and traditional style of construction, the kiln is thought to date to the mid to late 19th century and to have fallen out of use by 1905. Cartographic evidence suggests it was one of two lime kilns associated with the chalk quarrying in the immediate area and is the last surviving evidence of the quarrying activity on the Mount Pits site. The shape of the structure in plan would indicate that the truncated chamber originally curved around a central void where the kiln “pot” would have been located. The openings on the south and western sides are where part of the chamber has been demolished. The original opening is likely to have been the square-headed opening recorded on the eastern side. ©

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Primary Archives
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Suffolk
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:893
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:23 Jul 2012 08:03
Last Modified:23 Jul 2012 08:03

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