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Report - Cocking Limework, West Sussex, April 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sentinel, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Went out to the countryside to investigate a possibility that only ended up being a group of tents and a possible dodgy commune, so a quick search found this to be near, so not wanting to waste a day out thought I would drop by for a little look.

    History

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

    874. 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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  2. bassboyjoe

    bassboyjoe 28DL Full Member
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    Nice little mooch! Those holes give me the jeepers! But anything with a drop does so....
     
  3. REEF

    REEF Getthegirlkillthebaddies
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    Nice relaxed explore that, good work.
     
  4. sentinel

    sentinel 28DL Regular User
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    Yeah bit of a shame my other possibility turned sour. This was relaxed with no stress. Even if a little boring ha ha
     
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