East Rosedale old kilns

Lovely rich colours of the sandstone masonry of the old calcining kilns at East Rosedale, miraculously still standing after a century of abandonment. The inner linings of fire bricks look very precarious. An idea of the industrial scene in the 1920s can be seen in this old photo https://goo.gl/images/yALTvw although when it was taken the kilns were, in fact, very cold and the hopper mechanism was being used to salvage the calcine waste as it was found to have some commercial value. In itself a seven-year-long operation. The old kilns comprised sixteen arches in total and studying the two in my photo, I don’t think they correspond exactly with the few visible in the old photo, but it does show the amount of debris and spoil that has accumulated within the arches.
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