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The Hoffman limekiln was built in 1873 for the Craven Lime Company. The kiln allowed lime to be produced on a continuous basis. Hoffman kilns were also used for brickmaking. Click on Gallery keyword hoffman to find other kilns in the UK.

The Hoffman Continuous Kiln was invented and patented by German inventor Friedrich Hoffman in 1858. The Langcliffe kiln was extremely large having 22 chambers where limestone was continuously burned. The limestone was burned in a circuit which took around six weeks to complete one circuit. The lime kiln and quarry closed in 1931 as a result of a fall in sales and competition from elsewhere. The kiln was fired up again in 1937 for two years and closed permanently in 1939. Arrangements to demolish the chimney in 1951 were halted when it fell down the day before the arranged date. There was a much smaller Hoffman kiln at Trowbarrow quarry near Silverdale, but all traces have now gone.
The information is partly abridged from http:/​/​www.​cravenmuseum.​org/​archaeology/​fact-​sheets/​the-​hoffmann-​kiln/​ The Craven Museum has further information and is well-worth a visit.

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Keywords:craven lime company, hoffman kiln, industrial archaeology, industrial history, kilns, langcliffe, lime, limestone, quarries, quarrying, settle, yorkshire dales

HRS 6599 Langcliffe quarry face

HRS 6599 Langcliffe quarry face

HRS 6600 Craven lime works buildings

HRS 6600 Craven lime works buildings

HRS 6601 Hoffman kiln southern end

HRS 6601 Hoffman kiln southern end

HRS 6602 Craven lime works Hoffman kiln SE wicket

HRS 6602 Craven lime works Hoffman kiln SE wicket

HRS 6603 Craven Lime wks Hoffman kiln interior west looking North

HRS 6603 Craven Lime wks Hoffman kiln interior west looking North

HRS 6604 Craven lime works Hoffman kiln South end looking east

HRS 6604 Craven lime works Hoffman kiln South end looking east

HRS 6606 Hoffman kiln north transept looking East

HRS 6606 Hoffman kiln north transept looking East

HRS 6607 Kiln east chamber lookiong south

HRS 6607 Kiln east chamber lookiong south

HRS 6608 Kiln North end wicket

HRS 6608 Kiln North end wicket

HRS 6609 Top of inclined plane

HRS 6609 Top of inclined plane

HRS 6610 Hoffman kiln NW end from above

HRS 6610 Hoffman kiln NW end from above

HRS 6611 Hoffman kiln NE looking SW

HRS 6611 Hoffman kiln NE looking SW

HRS 6612 Quarry tunnel entrance

HRS 6612 Quarry tunnel entrance

HRS 6613 Quarry tunnel

HRS 6613 Quarry tunnel

HRS 6614 Kiln access steps east side

HRS 6614 Kiln access steps east side

HRS 6615 Lime kiln NE end looking west

HRS 6615 Lime kiln NE end looking west

HRS 6605 Hoffman kiln west side looking north

HRS 6605 Hoffman kiln west side looking north