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Went out to the countryside to investigate a possibility that only ended up being a group of tents and a possible dodgy commune, so a quick search found this to be near, so not wanting to waste a day out thought I would drop by for a little look. History 1833. The earliest record of the Cocking Hill quarries, following the death of a quarryman after an earthquake. 874. Lime production was concentrated in two quarries located on Cocking Hill. Cocking limeworks was located adjacent to the lower quarry beside Cocking Hill. 1906. Pepper and Sons of Amberley produced industrial grade lime in two wood-fuelled kilns. 1921. Frederick and Eli Searle along with Robert Dunning built six new coal-fired flare kilns, an aerial ropeway, an overhead crane and converted the draw kilns to flare kilns in order to produce cleaner lime for the sand-lime brick industry at Midhurst. 1938. Cocking limeworks now consisted of two batteries of kilns, and was expanded to produce agricultural grade lime for the Ministry of Agriculture. 1985. Production of sand-lime bricks at Midhurst ceased and the limeworks concentrated on the manufacture of Calco, a patented mixture of lime and powdered chalk for agricultural use. 1999. Dudman Chalk & Lime Ltd ceased all operations.
I realise this site has been done to death, so I'll just share some of the not so common photo's. This was another early explore of mine (and also a revisit), so please excuse the orange-ness (cloudy day setting), and the dreaded date stamp :/ The guardian... Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed!
Visited 2011 with Mr Bones,Tommo and Waddy. The earliest reference to quarrying dates back to 1833,when an earthquake caused the death of a man in a rockfall.In 1906,2 wood fired kilns were installed for producing industrial grade lime,but upgraded in 1926 to 6 coal fired kilns. As far as I know,this hasnt been demolished,and to be honest,given its location,I think nature will simply reclaim it. All in all,a damn good mooch was had by all.. Many thanks for looking.