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27 May 2011

See the lime kiln in Burgess Park

Originally set beside the Grand Surrey Canal, which was in as part of the creation of Burgess Park in Camberwell, the Burgess Park Lime Kiln was in use until the 1960s, when raw materials were unloaded directly from boats onto the wharves along the canal.

We are told that the lime kiln was built in 1816 by local man Edward Burtt, whose business, Burtt's Yard, developed a substantial presence in the area, with various buildings, and cottages surrounding it, where workers lived and worked turning limestone into quicklime, for making cement. It operated until around 1880, when the railway system meant that canal transport was not so important.

For more, see http://www.southwarknews.co.uk/00,news,19250,466,00.htm

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