Lime Kilns, Canalside, Froncysyllte, Wrexham, Wales, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Ddraig Ddu
N 52° 57.796 W 003° 04.915
30U E 494498 N 5868186
Quick Description: A series of three open and a couple of bricked up lime kilns on the side of the canal in Froncysyllte.
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/29/2013 12:26:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMHP2E
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
"The coming of the canal at the end of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century led to an expansion of the lime production industry in the eastern part of the area in the Trevor Uchaf and Cysyllte historic landscape character areas, making use of coal imported from the Ruabon coalfield. Canal-side limekilns were in operation at on the south side of the valley at Froncysyllte from the later 18th century onwards, producing lime for both agricultural and industrial purposes, transported as far as Cheshire, Staffordshire and the Midlands.

The kilns were supplied by stone quarried from the isolated outcrop of limestone at the Pen y Graig quarries on the hillside above Froncysyllte, transported downhill by a series of tramroads and inclines, and gave rise to the small nucleated settlement at Froncysyllte. The limekilns on the opposite side of the valley at Tref-y-nant were in operation from the 1830s. These were based upon limestone brought down from Trevor Rocks where there are also many surviving remains of the limestone industry including both larger and smaller quarries, former tramlines which carried for transporting the quarried rock, several banks of limekilns and a number of more dispersed single limekilns.

Several inclines were constructed which transported quarried material to the canal and railway and the dispersed settlement of miners’ cottages at Trevor Uchaf. The local lime industry underwent a decline at about the end of the 19th century, though quarrying for limestone was to continue at the Pen y Graig quarries up to the 1950s."

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Type of Oven / Kiln: Lime / Limestone

Status: Historical Site

Operating Dates: open all hours

Website: [Web Link]

Additional Coordinate: Not Listed

Additional Coordinate Description: Not listed

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