Bellmanpark Lime Kilns and Part of an Associated Tramway 180m North West of Bellman Farm
Lancashire County Council
Ribble Valley Borough Council
SJ759759 (375880, 443374)
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The main lime kiln was built in about 1877 by William Rowe and James Carter, and the tramlines ran about 1/4 mile to the Bellmanpark Quarry. The kiln is at the side of the main Blackburn to Hellifield line, and at one stage had 5 or 6 sidings reaching almost to the side of the old A59. The limekiln itself is a huge structure of limestone, brick and kilnbricks, approx 40m long 17m wide and 13m high so big it has 2 railway tunnels going full length underneath. This allowed direct access to the wagons from each of the 4 kilns.
The companies formed were Rowe and Carter, Clitheroe Portland Cement Co Ltd and James Carter and Sons.
Between the end of the embankment and the kiln was a huge wooden gantry (1935 photos) over the top of the various works and railway sidings, the stone wagons which were 4x3 feet ran across this to the top of the kilns. Stone also came directly from Salthill quarry too. Around the 1890's they employed 80 men to produce 1000 tons of cement annually.
Unfortunately this fantastic piece of industrial and social history is overlooked, overgrown and deteriorating fast, despite being a scheduled monument...
Andrew Collinson, 25 August 2012
English Heritage have allowed us to remove the trees which have grown since the 1960's, and have now added the monument to the EH 'at risk register'. Our aim as a group from Clitheroe Civic Society is to halt the deterioration and have it open to the public...
Andrew Collinson, 21 December 2014
I remember my gran used to tell me that she had an aunty who lived at bankfield cottage,which apparantly was at the other side of the main line from carters lime works,and she used to cut through the lime works and accross the railway to get there.So i am assuming the house would have been roughly where tarmacs old fitting shop was.I would also like to point out that in the film Whistle Down the Wind there is a good clip of old bellman quarry flooded and a load of kids stood in the doorway of the old quarry canteen,just a pile of rubble now at the other end of the tramway now sadly.
martin wrigley, 23 April 2017
My dad recalls there being an old flatbed rail truck on the salthill to bellman kiln line,though by this time in the 1950s the line was out of use.But he and the other local kids would push it out of salthill and then lie flat on it and ride downhill all the way from behind clitheroe hospital under park bridge and along the field towards the carter kilns.Later during the sixties the line was removed and replaced with a road from Bankfield to Bellman with Briggs of Bankfield running 6wheeler Foden dumpers up to where B dugdales is now,and installing a mobile crusher of which part of still remains in the corner of the quarry.This didnt go on for long though as the stone proved unsuitable for coating.
Martin Wrigley, 16 June 2017
Things were different back in the 1950s.Dad recalls nothing was ever locked up in them days and as kids they would often play round the quarries,either Salthill or Bellman,at Bellman Kilns near the embankment was a long building,a kind of a blacksmiths shop and after the quarry men had gone home they would leave it unlocked,and so one time Dad and his mates got some steel rods and sharpened them on the big grindstone in there to use as spears.
Martin Wrigley, 16 June 2017
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