What are they

These kilns are part of the complex of Tardebigge New Wharf, which is on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. They are situated adjacent to the basin which is very near the ‘Top Lock’ of Tardebigge flight of locks.

Construction

The lime kilns consist of five chambers which were built into the natural slope of the ground. The kilns were set into the embankment so that each kiln could be loaded with coal and limestone at the canal side level, while the burnt lime was extracted from the chambers at the lower level.

History

These kilns were established at least by 1814. Production stopped in the early 1900’s since when they have stood neglected and been used as a waste tip.

Why they are special

These lime kilns are regarded as a heritage asset By the Bromsgrove District Council and are a significant historic feature listed in the Tardebigge Conservation Management Plan. They are one of the very few lime kiln structures which are still intact in the county of Worcestershire. The Canal and River Trust have also given a commitment to their conservation.

06th Jul 2018

‘CECILIA’ AT TARDEBIGGE

We have started to bring our canal society narrowboat ‘Cecilia’ down to Tardebigge on our work party weekends. We moor her there and invite passers by to join us onboard...

30th Jun 2018

VOLUNTEERS UPDATE

Society Volunteer Coordinator Bill Lambert writes…. Canal and River Trust are working on Green Spaces initiative. The event will start at 10.00am and takes place at Cambrian House 22 King...

09th May 2017

NARROW BOATING FOR BEGINNERS

Jennifer Petkus from Denver, Colorado has been cycling the canals of England. She recently called in to the Tardebigge Lime Kilns to see how work was progressing on the kilns...

06th Apr 2017

NETWORK RAIL HELP OUT!

Massive thanks to the folks from Network Rail who spent a day with us at the Lime Kilns. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed it.  

21st Feb 2017

WHAT NEXT?

We have had various discussions about the prospect of applying for a grant from the Heritage Lottery. To this end we have had a number of meetings with David Viner...

21st Feb 2017

WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED?

The number of volunteer hours since the project started has been in the order of 3182 hours. This year the site was opened for the first time under the Heritage...

21st Feb 2017

WHO’S BEEN INVOLVED?

Members of our canal society Members of IWA and other societies, Members of the Evergreen Scouts from Bromsgrove have worked their socks off for us on a number of occasions,...

21st Feb 2017

HOW DID THE PROJECT START?

In 2012 the Worcester – Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society achieved ‘Self Supervising Status’ as a volunteer Work Group. David Viner the Heritage Advisor for the Canal and River Trust...