Industry on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne #Photography

I would never have associated the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with industry, but in the 19th century an existing site was developed and lime kilns, which replaced a previous operation, were built and began production. The lime stone came from quarries on the north side of the island. 

It’s thought the burnt lime (quicklime) was used in agriculture to improve the fertility of the soil, for mortar and limewash in buildings and possibly in the of making soap, among other things. It was dangerous work and the lime could cause caustic burns, lung damage and even blindness if not handled very carefully.

These kilns are among the largest and best preserved of those scattered around Northumberland, and are classed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. By the end of the 18th century the industry on the island was in decline, the lime from the mainland was transported quickly by train whereas the lime from Lindisfarne had to be transported by ship.

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