Cement Kilns

Barhams

Barham Bridgwater Rock Brand cement logo

Barham Brothers Bridgwater Rock Brand. Image courtesy of the Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society. The product is called "London" Portland cement in order to emphasise that the product was not a "natural" cement, the term "Portland" having been used rather loosely in Somerset. The colour scheme is unknown.

Location:

  • Grid reference: ST29973761
  • x=329970
  • y=137610
  • 51°8'0"N; 3°0'3"W
  • Civil Parish: Bridgwater Within, Somerset

Clinker manufacture operational: 1885-1934

Approximate total clinker production: 154,000 tonnes

Raw materials: Blue Lias Limestone (Blue Lias Formation: 190-200 Ma) from 331500,141300 in Puriton parish

Ownership: West of England Portland Cement and Lime Co. Ltd

There were two wet process bottle kilns making only 50 t/week as late as 1907. This was increased to five? say 125 t/week by 1928. The plant could ship by barge, being close to Bridgwater dock, but also had rail connections and primarily used the latter. The site was cleared, except for some of the later buildings, including a brick kiln, which now form the Bridgwater Brick and Tile Museum. The rest of the site is a light industrial estate.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: Francis, pp 178-179: Jackson, pp 210, 270


© Dylan Moore 2011: commenced 27/02/2011: last edit 26/02/2017.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Barhams clinker capacity