This is from the BULLETIN OF INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN CBA GROUP 9, JAN 1969.
If I can add to this discussion.
I believe that the kiln at Showsley is or rather was a calcine kiln, it resembles a brick kiln, but it was never used for calcining. It was used as a workmans mess room.
Hope that helps
Hello Stephen, can you shed some more light on this, do you know when this kiln was erected ?
Do you have family or friends who know about this kiln ?
Thanks for the info.
I came across a reference to the 'kiln' in one of the ES Tonks books.
I believe I had said previously that the 'kiln' was a brick kiln on another thread. I was wrong
The 'kiln' looks like a brick kiln but was going to be used as a calcining kiln for the ironstone. I assume had the building been used for calcining ironstone the stone would have been barrowed in.
I would have thought that it would have been a very smokey environment and not much stone would have calcined. I don't know what the dimesions of the building were. It is somewhat small.
I have had experience of working with calcining iron ore and it is a filthy horrible working environment.