Lime kilns and moor cottages (1812)Prout, Samuel
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Marshall, Mr. The rural economy of the west of England including Devonshire; London: G. Nicol; G. G. and J. Robinson; J. Debrett, 1746. pp. 156-7. The LIME KILNS of Devonshire are large, and of an expensive construction; some of them costing not less than thirty or forty pounds each. But their duration is in proportion: one which has been built thirty years is still firm and sound on the outside. The walls are of extraordinary thickness; wide enough, on the top, for horses to pass round the kiln, and deliver the stones.The body or inside of the Devonshire kiln is not well formed. The sides are too straight: the cavity is not sufficiently eggshaped, - is too conical, - too narrow in the middle,- the contents, of course, hang, - do not settle down freely and evenly, - as they do in a well shaped kiln. The rim is guarded with a curb of large moorstones.The stones are brought up from the water side, on horseback, or upon asses; and, being distributed round the top of the kiln, are there broken, and thrown into the kiln with shovels; without the extra trouble of carrying them in baskets: a saving, probably, which counterbalances the apparently extra expence of carrying up the unbroken stones, on horseback, instead of in carts: so that we have, here, as in many other instances, in Rural Management, two roads, of similar length and expediency, leading to the same end.[Text may be taken from a different source or edition than that listed as the source by Somers Cocks.]
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S38. PROUT, Samuel: PICTURESQUE DELINEATIONS IN THE COUNTIES OF DEVON AND CORNWALL, IMITATED FROM THE ORIGINAL STUDIES.
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