Sussex Day 2012: Part 8 – Fulking lime kiln

25 Jun

Sussex Day 2012

Part of the way up the side of the hill is a lime kiln. It knew it was here somewhere, I had seen pictures of it before, but didn’t really know exactly where it was, and if truth be known had forgotten it was here until I stumbled upon.

My experience of lime kilns comes from many visits to Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, where their lime burning is on an industrial scale. The one I was looking at on the hill side was much smaller.

It has been restored by the National Trust, although I don’t know how much of the kiln exists behind the facade. Chalk, in plentiful supply here, was loaded in the top along with charcoal.

After burning, the resulting lime would be removed from the hole at the front to be used as a building material or for “improving” the nearby farmland.

Fulking lime kiln

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