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Kettlewell (Knipe Scar) lime kiln

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Kettlewell (Knipe Scar) lime kiln

Robert White, 2004, (1218)

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Kettlewell (Knipe Scar) lime kiln

Historical Environment Record No: MYD35192

Parish: Kettlewell with Starbotton

OS Grid Reference: SD969714

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

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This well-preserved lime kiln, sited on Knipe Scar above Kettlewell was ideally situated to exploit the limestone outcrops all around it. A small-scale commercial lime kiln such as this one was built to burn limestone for local use. The quicklime produced was slaked with water to produce calcium hydroxide (slaked lime). This was mostly used to improve grassland by reducing the acidity of the soil, especially of intake land or reclaimed moorland during the enclosures of the 18th and 19th centuries. Slaked lime was also an important ingredient in making lime mortar. Source: Johnson, David (2002) Limestone Industries of the Yorkshire Dales. Stroud: Tempus


Site lies on west side of B6160, 1/2 mile south of Kettlewell. No public access. View from roadside.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Kettlewell. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside. Narrow road with few stopping places.

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