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Report - Cowdale Lime Works..Buxton, August 2019


Mikeymutt

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I made a solo visit to this coming home from Scotland one weekend, I went back a while later with two friends. I know it's been visited a fair bit, but something quite nice about it. The main kiln area is quite an impressive structure to see. It reminds you of some giant concrete temple. It's still a complete site with a gate house and the kiln area. Further along is a large structure what is prob a hopper jutting from the wall face with chutes above which I imagine the quarried lime was loaded into and sent down below to be placed in the kilns.
An old railway track once run along the side of the works. Their are two gate houses, and an old power house. This was sadly and criminally demolished in 2011.
The works were first recorded around 1870. They were greatly extended in the 1900s with the kilns being built in the latter 19th century, and later a rail line to the quarry. The quarry provided lime to Brunner Mond. There are four draw kilns run by stone and fuel. The kilns continued to work till 1954 when the site closed. Cowdale is recognised as one of five sites of national importance mainly due to the completeness and rarity of the serving buildings.

Entry to the quarry site.

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One of the gate houses.

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The impressive looking kiln house.

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The kilns are either side of the arched entrances.

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Below the chutes is the large hopper.

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Heading up top above the hopper is quite lovely and nature taking over well.

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The chutes above the silo.

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Near the quarry is the remains of two bridges.

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Overlooking the bridges and towards the structures.

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HughieD

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Really comprehensive report and lovely set of pictures of this fascinating bit of Derbyshire industrial heritage...
 

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