Greenhithe

Location:

  • Grid reference: TQ57447551
  • x=557440
  • y=175510
  • 51°27'24"N; 0°15'58"E
  • Civil Parish: Stone, Kent

Clinker manufacture operational: 1889-1914, 1919-1922

Approximate total clinker production: 450,000 tonnes

Raw materials:

  • Upper Chalk (Seaford Chalk Formation: 85-88 Ma) : quarry at 556900,174600, worked by the Stone Court Chalk Land and Pier Co.
  • Alluvial Clay from Stone Marshes.

Ownership:

One of three plants installed at the Stone Court ballast pier, there were 14 chamber kilns here in 1900. Installation was probably 7 kilns in 1889 (170 t/week) and 7 in 1892. Output 1900: 340 t/week. A further 10 chamber kilns were added 1902-1909, bringing capacity to 580 t/week at ~14.1 MJ/kg. Part of the plant was reinstated 1919-1922. There was no rail link, and all product was shipped from Stone Court pier. The site was entirely cleared: an extended Stone Court pier now serves a large container terminal covering the Albion, Greenhithe and Shield sites.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: Eve, p 12: Francis, p 161: Jackson, p 280