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Bellmanpark lime kilns and part of an associated tramway 180m north west of Bellman Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Clitheroe, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.886 / 53°53'9"N

Longitude: -2.3684 / 2°22'6"W

OS Eastings: 375879.727709

OS Northings: 443374.350085

OS Grid: SD758433

Mapcode National: GBR CRXH.1Q

Mapcode Global: WH96B.LLD9

Entry Name: Bellmanpark lime kilns and part of an associated tramway 180m north west of Bellman Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 September 2004

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021105

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35008

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Clitheroe

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Clitheroe St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn


The monument includes the upstanding remains of Bellmanpark lime kilns and
an approximate 90m length of associated tramway, embankment and bridge
abutment along which lime was transported from Bellmanpark Quarry to the
lime kilns, together with the buried remains of a trestle bridge which
stood between the lime kilns and the northern end of the tramway
embankment. It is located on the north side of Chatburn Road 180m north
west of Bellman Farm.

The limeworks were opened in about 1869 by James Carter and William Rowe.
The bank of lime kilns were constructed in 1877 adjacent to the Chatburn
to Blackburn railway line, and the tramway, or `chain road' as it also
known, was built at the same time. Carter and Rowe's partnership split in
1879 with the former retaining the works. In addition to lime burning
Carters also supplied tarmacadam and roadstone. James Carter & Sons ceased
trading in 1960 and the quarries were taken over by Richard Briggs and
Sons Limited, although little further stone was worked.

The lime kilns consist of a massive rectangular bank of four draw kilns up
to 15m high. It is constructed of limestone blocks which encase four
firebrick-lined bottle-shaped furnaces with architectural features such as
arches built of brick. Beneath the bank of kilns are two partly infilled
tunnels through each of which ran a railway branch line from the adjacent
main Chatburn - Blackburn line. Limestone was carried from the quarry in
small trucks along the tramway then across a trestle bridge onto the top
of the bank of kilns. The trucks were driven and controlled by a hawser
cable powered by a static engine which was situated on top of the kiln.
From here the stone was then tipped down charge holes into the kilns and
burned using wood, coal or coke as a fuel. Once burned the resultant
quicklime, also known as birdlime or slaked lime, travelled directly from
the kilns down wooden shutes which still survive in situ, into waiting
railway wagons prior to being transported away. Lime has many uses
including spreading on lime deficient soils to encourage plant growth, the
whitewashing of walls and ceilings of buildings, and concrete and cement

The tramway embankment terminates at a stone bridge abutment which carries
a modern box girder bridge across the road. This modern bridge is not
included within the scheduling.

All fences and fence posts are excluded from the scheduling although the
ground beneath these features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Limestone or chalk has been the basic ingredient for lime mortar from at
least Roman times. Since the medieval period, lime has also been used as
agricultural fertiliser and, since the early 19th century, widely used in
a variety of other industries: as a flux in blast furnaces, in the
production of gas and oil, and in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food
The lime industry is defined as the processes of preparing and producing
lime by burning and slaking. The basic raw material for producing lime is
limestone or chalk: when burnt at high temperature (roasted or calcined),
these rocks release carbon dioxide, leaving `quicklime' which, by chemical
reaction when mixed with water (`slaking'), can be turned into a stable
powder - lime. Lime burning sites varied in scale from individual small
lime kilns adjacent to a quarry, to large-scale works designed to operate
commercially for an extended market and often associated with long
distance water or rail transport. Lime burning as an industry displays
well-developed regional characteristics, borne out by the regional styles
of East Anglia, West Gloucestershire or Derbyshire.
The form of kilns used for lime burning evolved throughout the history of
the industry, from small intermittent clamp and flare kilns, to large
continuously fired draw kilns that could satisfy increased demand from
urban development, industrial growth and agricultural improvement.
Small-scale rural lime production continued in the later 19th and 20th
centuries, but this period of the industry is mainly characterised by
large-scale production and the transfer of technologies from the cement
and other industries. The demand for mortars grew steadily during the 19th
and 20th centuries. The successful production of mortars made with
artificial cement represented an economic challenge to lime production and
gradually replaced the use of lime mortars in major construction and
engineering projects.
From a highly selective sample made at national level, around 200 lime
industry sites have been defined as being of national importance. These
have been defined to represent the industry's chronological depth,
technological breadth and regional diversity.

Despite being partly scrub-covered, Bellmanpark lime kilns and part of an
associated tramway 180m north west of Bellman Farm survive well. The kilns
are a rare example of a bank of railside lime kilns which provided access
for railway wagons and still retain, surviving in situ, direct loading
facilities from the kilns into the wagons. Together with part of the
associated tramway the monument remains a good example of the late 19th
century lime producing industry characteristic of the local region.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Bellmanpark Lime Works, (1999)

Source: Historic England

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