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Timeline 1753 – 1914 for The Llanymynech Limeworks

Period

Date

Event

Evidence

18th Century

1753

 

Three banks of lime kilns had been built

Chirk Estate map

1763

 

Oswestry Turnpike Road links with Llanymynech

County records

1786

Ellesmere Canal (now Montgomery) reaches Llanymynech

County records

Early 19th Century

1806

First inclined plane opened transporting limestone from the Welsh Quarry to the canal

Chirk Castle Estate records

1807

Four banks of lime kilns had now been built

Chirk Castle estate map

1810

Inclined plane and tramway opened from English Quarry

Bridgeman Estate records

Mid 19th

Century

1841

92 kilns had been built along a 26 mile stretch of the canal

Local records

1858

Bridge built to carry the Turnpike road over the tramways

County records

1863

Thomas Savin leases both the English and Welsh Quarries

Lease documents

1863

Llanfyllin branch of the Cambrian Railway opens, allowing quicklime to be carried from Llanymynech by rail

Railway records

Late 19th

Century

1869

Thomas Savin declared Bankrupt and loses most of his wealth

County records

1871

 

Two Draw Kilns built near the canal

Estate records

1872

 

Six men killed at Cooper’s Rock

Coroner’s report

1874

Tramway systems and three Draw Kilns are clearly shown on maps

1874 Ordnance Survey Map

1899

Hoffmann Kiln constructed next to the two Draw Kilns

Company records

20th Century

1914

Closure of the Hoffmann Kiln and the Rock Siding railway line

Company records

1930s

The last limestone is quarried and the quarries are abandoned

Local Historians

1936

Montgomery Canal wall is breeched and the canal is drained of water

Local newspapers

1939

Railway lines are removed from the limeworks site

 

Local newspapers

1965

 

All local railways closed leading to Llanymynech.

National records

 

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