Keys to the Past

Holy Island lime kilns (Holy Island)

Holy Island lime kilns and Lindisfarne Castle in the background. Photo by The Archaeological Practice.
Holy Island lime kilns and Lindisfarne Castle in the background. Photo by The Archaeological Practice.

This is a group of six lime kilns. They were built in 1860 by a firm from Dundee. A wagonway and a jetty west of Lindisfarne Castle were also built. The kiln structure is one of the largest in Northumberland. By 1861 around one in five men on Holy Island were working on the lime kiln in some way. However, the kilns had shut by 1896. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N5351
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Conservation area
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, North East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment - Phase 2 2010; Archaeological Research Services

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Source of Reference
Local History of Holy Island


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