Cement Kilns

Deepfields

Location:

  • Grid reference: SO94129484
  • x=394120
  • y=294840
  • 52°33'5"N; 2°5'12"W
  • Civil Parish: Coseley, Staffordshire

Clinker manufacture operational: 1869 to 1914

Approximate total clinker production: 58,000 tonnes

Raw materials:

Ownership: Deepfields Cement Company

This plant was started by J. and B. Rollason making what they called “Roman Cement” made from “cement stone”. They later claimed to make Portland cement: as with other plants in the area, the lack of precision in the use of these terms makes it impossible to say exactly when Portland cement manufacture started. Francis says it continued in operation until WWI, but it does not appear on Davis' 1907 list. There might have been one dry process bottle kiln for Portland cement around 1892. A bank of ten wet process bottle kilns appeared after 1904, at which time sweetener limestone was brought in to improve the mix. Output perhaps 200 t/week. The plant had a strategic position on the Birmingham Canal. Rail transport was available from the outset and used at least for bringing in limestone. After closure, the site was rapidly cleared and redeveloped, and is still industrial.

No rotary kilns were installed:


Sources: Francis, pp 73, 219


© Dylan Moore 2011: commenced 22/01/2011: last edit 04/04/2017.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Deepfields clinker capacity