Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned

It’s been a few weeks since I last took part in the weekly photo challenge, so I thought it was time to have another go.  This week the challenge is Abandoned and the brief is:

For this week’s photo challenge, show us abandoned. You can go literal, as I have, and share a photo of ruins, a desolate place, or your idea of a wasteland. Or you can interpret it in other ways, from images of overlooked things to forgotten people.

I have chosen to be more literal for this one and the picture below is of the abandoned De Witt  Lime Kilns at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre in West Sussex.  Alongside these kilns is a second abandonment – the railway track which at one time took the lime away from the chambers.

dewitt kilnsDe Witt Kilns at Amberley


… a little bit of history (courtesy of the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre website www.amberleymuseum.co.uk)…

The largest block of kilns is in the quarry bottom beyond the timber yard. It was erected in about 1905, to the design of a Belgian named De Witt. Its eighteen firing chambers operated on a down-draught principle, more usually used in brick kilns, and fired in rotation. The original structure was a little over half the present height and had a pitched tiled roof. The De Witt kilns were not a success, probably due to poor circulation of gases through the chambers and flues, and by 1910 a series of conventional inverted bottle-shaped chambers had been let into the structure. Two of the De Witt chambers still remain, however. A prominent feature of these kilns is the railway platform on each side of the block, allowing the transfer of lime direct from the kiln chambers into railway wagons. Following deterioration, full structural repairs were carried out to this Scheduled Ancient Monument with a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”


About paisleypedlar

Artist, Sewist, sometime Cyclist and Arm Chair Activist
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