Keys to the Past

Keenley Thorn (West Allen)

Keenley Thorn lime kiln. Photo by Lancaster University Archaeological Unit.
Keenley Thorn lime kiln. Photo by Lancaster University Archaeological Unit.

This is a well-preserved lime kiln, south of Keenley Thorn Farmhouse. It has two arches and dates to the mid-19th century. It is built into a hillside in an area of disused quarries and spoilheaps, some overlain by field walls. Limestone was burnt in kilns such as this to make lime, which was used to make cement or improve soil quality. This is a Grade II Listed Building protected by law.

Reference number:N6356
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Legal status:Listed Building

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Source of Reference
Local History of West Allen


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