Cement Kilns

Bridgwater

Location:

  • Grid reference: ST30773661
  • x=330770
  • y=136610
  • 51°7'28"N; 2°59'21"W
  • Civil Parish: Bridgwater Within, Somerset

Clinker manufacture operational: 1894-1914

Approximate total clinker production: 111,000 tonnes

Raw materials: ?evidently Blue Lias limestone (Blue Lias Formation: 190-200 Ma), but the source is unknown.

Ownership:

  • 1898-1911 Bridgwater Portland Cement Co. Ltd (incorporated 1897, re-incorporated 1908)
  • 1911-1914 BPCM (Blue Circle)

The plant was built south of the Colly Lane Patent Tile and Pottery Works, with a siding on the GWR Bristol to Exeter railway, which presumably delivered raw materials, although the source of these is obscure. The plant had three chamber kilns rated at 80 t/week in 1901, when it was put up for sale. Five chamber kilns were rated at 120 t/week in 1907 and 147 t/week in 1913. From 1914, the site was a depot for Penarth cement, although a newspaper article suggests it was still making clinker in late 1916.

Please contact me with any relevant information or corrections.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: Francis, p 179: Jackson, p 273


© Dylan Moore 2011: last edit 20/12/15.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Bridgwater Capacity