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Uncovering the Kilns in Kilnsey
Festival of British Archaeology 2009

This was a two sided display detailing the recording and excavation of a lime kiln and corn drying kiln on the Kilnsey Town Piece. It was displayed at the April 2009 YDNPA day school in Grassington as well Grassington village and at Long Ashes as part of the Festival of British Archaelogy later that year. The display also detailed the participation of teachers and pupils of Kettlewell Primary School and an account by Catherine Batty, a pupil of Skipton Girls High School.

The Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group would like to express grateful thanks to the following for their assistance and contributions to this display.

The 'Awards for All' fund for financial support, the Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust for technical assistance with surveying and to the Ingleborough Archaeology Group for access to their 2007 Kiln Report.
To the members of the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group and Ingleborough Archaeology Group who participated In the 2008 excavation and who provided photographs, to Roger Martlew and David Johnson for their professional involvement and to Sonla Wilkinson for kindly providing copies of Peter Kemplay's reconstructional artwork.
To the management and staff of the Long Ashes Leisure Centre for again hosting the exhibition, and finally to Pat and Phll Carroll, for producing this display.

Click an image to view the display panels - then navigate forwards and backwards with the < > arrows

The Corn Drying Kiln


Panel 1:   Background

Panel 2:   Evidence

Panel 3:   Surveying

Panel 4:   Recording

Panel 5:   Excavation

Panel 6:   The Kiln Exposed

Panel 7:   Artefacts

Panel 8:   Conclusions
Panel 9:   Explanation

Panel 10: Corn Drying Kilns

The Lime Kiln


Panel 1: Introduction

Panel 2: Excavation

Panel 3: Artefacts

Panel 4: Conclusion

Panel 5: Operation

Panel 6: Lime Kilns

The thanks of the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group are given to the following local people for their supportive participation and valuable contributions towards the oral history section of the project.

For sharing their memories of farming in the dale:
Mary Maxfield (nee Harrison), Michael Harrison and Bryan Metcalfe.
For the donation of supporting local photographs:
Rita Maxfield for Grassington Haymaking, Rita Berry for Town Head
Bullock Cart and Mary Maxfield for the other farming photographs


Long Ashes Park
Each year since 2006, the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group have been fortunate in having the support of the Long Ashes Management and Staff. Without their open and generous hospitality, the group would not be able to mount such long-standing Festival of British Archaeology displays, and for this kind help we are most grateful.

Once again the UWHG committee would like to express their thanks to Pat & Phil Carroll for their time and hard work in producing this display

The full excavation report of the corn drying kiln at Kilnsey can be found here (this is a 6.8Mb file so may take a while to download)