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Report - Cocking Hill Limeworks - West Sussex - Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by TrevBish, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. TrevBish

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    Visited with Webbly. Very cold and a little bit of snow on the ground. I know this has been done before so I have just put a few pictures up instead of a massive 30+ report. Good little expore with some instresting things.

    History taken from professor frink's report as this was a really good write up.

    http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=47376&highlight=cocking

    Lime is one of man's oldest and most vital chemicals. It is still widely used today in the building trade and agriculture.

    Limestone / chalk is a naturally occurring mineral that consists principally of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). It occurs widely throughout the world with the UK being no exception.

    History.

    1833. The earliest record of the Cocking Hill quarries, following the death of a quarryman after an earthquake.

    1874. Lime production was concentrated in two quarries located on Cocking Hill. Cocking limeworks was located adjacent to the lower quarry beside Cocking Hill.

    1906. Pepper and Sons of Amberley produced industrial grade lime in two wood-fuelled kilns.

    1921. Frederick and Eli Searle along with Robert Dunning built six new coal-fired flare kilns, an aerial ropeway, an overhead crane and converted the draw kilns to flare kilns in order to produce cleaner lime for the sand-lime brick industry at Midhurst.

    1938. Cocking limeworks now consisted of two batteries of kilns, and was expanded to produce agricultural grade lime for the Ministry of Agriculture.

    1985. Production of sand-lime bricks at Midhurst ceased and the limeworks concentrated on the manufacture of Calco, a patented mixture of lime and powdered chalk for agricultural use.

    1999. Dudman Chalk & Lime Ltd ceased all operations.



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