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    Default Brockham Lime and Hearthstone Works


    During the 19th and early 20th Centuries, Chalk, Clay and Hearthstone were all quarried here, but the last of the industries, the limeworks closed 70 years ago.



    Above Left: One of the Kilns, Right: The main shaft of the hearthstone mines

    Above: Inside the larger of the two buildings

    The site comprises two batteries of limekilns, both very unstable, a large quarry, a network of (inaccessible - or so I'm told) hearthstone mines, and two buildings last used 22 years ago as part of the Brockham Narrow Gauge Museum, which has now moved to Amberley. It's not a big site, but worth stopping by if you're in the area.

    Most of the site is permissive access land managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust, so the public have free roam everywhere but inside the kilns and buildings

    For more pictures and detailed information go to: www.derelictmisc.vze.com/bhl.htm


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    Derelict Miscellany page is excellent Mr Hall, good pics and
    a well written and researched write up. I like the old map at
    the top of the page thats very smart. :)

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    Thanks, I enjoyed researching the place (always had an interest in it to tell the truth, I first visited when I was only small), although I didn't have to look far as most of the books I used were in my collection anyway.

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    Not quite related, but similar to what Bishop was saying above. I really like your Zero Station plan, white on black works nicely, kind of blueprint-esq, and am digging your little D. Gregory sig at the bottom! Nice to see the extra effort you've gone to to create a more comprehensive record of the site at the date of your visit.

    :)

    Cheers,

    JD

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    Thanks for the compliment JD, the plans are something I hope will become a regular feature of the website over time, they make things a lot clearer, I know I certainly couldn't make sense of a lot of these sites without some kind of plan, so I try to give the people who view my site something that helps them to better understand the locations.

    DG.

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