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.
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.
1. Trucks transport the chalk from the nearby chalk pit to the primary crusher.
3. The primary crusher.
4. Then into the intermediate (secondary) crusher via conveyor belt.
5. Conveyers and equipment inside the intermediate crusher.
10. Conveyor from the secondary crusher leading to the hoppers in the Screen Plant.
13. Looking down into one of the massive hoppers in the Screen Plant.
14. From the Screen Plant and then off to the kilns to be fired.
15. The old 1920's coal-fired flare kilns. Don't visit at night cos.............
16. It's a long fecking way down.
17. View of the side of the old flare kilns.
18. Bottom of kiln.
19. Lime Grotto.