Medieval lime kilns at Cotes Road (MLE 16964)

  • ID (Preferred Ref.): MLE16964
  • Name: Medieval lime kilns at Cotes Road
  • Map Sheet: SK51NE
  • Grid Reference: Centroid SK 576 180 (MBR: 61m by 56m)
  • Summary: 10 'sub-circular patches' were recorded during excavation in 2006. The scorched patches varied between 3-4.5m long and 2.5-3.5m wide. Three had surfaces of burnt and vitrified clay and lime and two had adjacent coal spreads. The kilns were in use until about 1540.
  • Description: These 'clamp' kilns would have consisted of a shallow base dug into the topsoil, with fuel and limestone stacked in alternating layers and covered with turves and earth. When the firing was complete the turves were removed and the lime recovered. The shell of the kiln could be re-used several times. Archaeomagnetic analysis from two of the kiln bases produced last firing dates of 1490-1510 and 1510-1540. '1'


  • Number: '1' 
  • Reference: Unpublished document: McAree, D. 2007. Archaeological excavation at Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar.

Location - Administrative Areas

  • Civil Parish: Barrow-upon-Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire

Monument/Component Types

  • LIME KILN (Late Medieval - 1450 AD? to 1539 AD?)

Associated Activities/Events

  • Event ID: ELE5210 
  • Name/Ref: Archaeological excavation at Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar
  • Organisation: Northamptonshire Archaeology

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Last Updated. 10-January-2016 By admin