Lime kiln unearthed during construction works

Excavations at Chelmsford, Essex, East England, revealed a post-medieval lime kiln at a sight scheduled for future housing development.

Lime kiln discovered in Chelmsford (by Essex Live)
Lime kiln discovered in Chelmsford (by Essex Live)

Remains of the kiln were discovered during the archaeological trial trench evaluation of an area close to New Hall School, north Springfield, Chelmsford. The unearthed find is dated to between the 16th and 18th centuries. Limestone or chalk was burned to produce lime in the kiln, and later used in mortar, concrete and plaster. The object might be related to construction or later development of Henry VIII’s nearby Palace of Beaulieu, now known as New Hall.

(after Essex Live)

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