Cement Kilns

Hollicks

Location:

  • Grid reference: TQ39127903
  • x=539140
  • y=179050
  • 51°29'36"N; 0°0'16"E
  • Civil Parish: Greenwich, London

Clinker manufacture operational: 1866-1898

Approximate total clinker production: 159,000 tonnes

Raw materials:

  • Not known. Upper Chalk (Seaford Chalk Formation: 85-88 Ma) was quarried for ballast nearby, notably at Charlton (TQ)541400,178400, but Ashby’s and Hollick’s probably sourced “spot market” chalk from no particular source. A barge-load a day would have kept them going.
  • Possibly Medway Alluvial Clay

Ownership:

  • ?-1866 Winkfield Bell and Co.
  • 1866-1900 Hollick and Co. Ltd
  • 1900 APCM (Blue Circle)

Also called Morden Works. The site occupied only 0.67 Ha and had 56 metres of riverside, still called Hollick’s Wharf. The plant was used by Winkfield Bell & Co for Roman Cement manufacture and Hollick, who had previously made Portland cement on the Medway at Borstal Court, converted the five bottle kilns (80 t/week) to Portland production in 1866. The initial 1900 m2 of slurry backs was extended to 2600 by 1895, and it seems that a further three kilns (70 t/week) were added during that period. The plant came under the control of W. M. Leake (West Thurrock) in 1898. A fire on 30/8/1898 destroyed the mill building, and it did not re-start. All product was shipped by barge. Under Blue Circle, the wharf remained in use for barges until the 1970s: the rest of the site became first a soap works, and now lies under the Amylum sugar refinery.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: ?


© Dylan Moore 2011: commenced 25/01/2011: last edit 11/03/2017.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Hollick's clinker capacity

Land lots at East Greenwich in the 1890s
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