Castle Point lime kilns

The kilns were built in the 1860s and are in fantastic condition © Catherine Atkinson

The kilns were built in the 1860s and are in fantastic condition

What are the lime kilns?

The lime kilns at Castle Point on Holy Island are among the largest, most complex and best preserved lime kilns in Northumberland.

These kilns produced quick lime for a variety of uses such agricultural fertilizer, mortar for buildings and whitewash.

 

Recent work

Recently we have greatly improved access and interpretation at the kilns.

Two new leaflets and an information panel have been produced, plus new a gate, fencing and a floor to let visitors in and keep the sheep out.

An old flame

The only known image of the Castle Point kilns alight

In 2006 we came across the wonderful painting by John Moore which is now in the Castle's Entrance Hall.

This is the only image in existence showing the kilns actually lit, and greatly aided our understanding of the site.

In the future

There are a massive network of wagonways around the kilns

In the next few years we hope to further improve access to the kilns, take the interpretation on to the next level, and carry out a full archaeological survey of the building itself.

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