Site of Medieval Lime Kilns at the Priory

Description of this historic site

Two large lime kilns, probably of Medieval date, were excavated at this site. They were located at St Sepulchre's Priory, Warwick.

Notes about this historic site

1 1971. A large circular limekiln of pre-Monastic date was found beneath the chapter house of the priory (PRN 1958). A second square kiln lay 5m to the N. Both kilns had been deliberately filled. The great size and position of these furnaces rules out their use for construction of the Priory, and suggests some other building project of considerable magnitude. One possibility is the construction of the castle, another is the masonry wall surrounding the town.
2 Revision of SAM.
3 It is difficult to see why kilns associated with the construction of the castle or town walls would be located here, and their use for the construction of the priory is the preferred interpretation.

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