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

We have greatly improved access and interpretation at the kilns.

Two 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.

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

Our work

There are a massive network of wagonways around the kilns

The lime kilns are surveyed regularly to check the structure for signs of decay and areas in need of repair. For a building of its age and type, it is in remarkably good condition. 

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