|Eastwood's "G&B Brand" logo, which was that of the original Glover and Batchelor plant. The G&B brand remained in use into the 1960s. The real colour scheme is unknown. If you know the correct colours, please contact me.|
Clinker manufacture operational: 1903-1981
Approximate total clinker production: 3.4 million tonnes
Sometimes called Southerham Works. The site had produced grey and white lime since the late eighteenth century from two distinct quarries 0.5 km apart: Navigation Pit to the north (542500,109900) and Southerham White Pit to the south. Glover and Batchelor came from management positions on the Medway, and cement manufacture began at the more northerly site in 1903 with a block of four chamber kilns (120 t/week). A further three kilns (80 t/week) were installed in 1907, and another four (95 t/week) in 1912 giving a total 295 t/week. The chamber kilns were abandoned following the installation of the rotary kiln, which was placed in the southerly quarry. The plant was the smallest in the UK from the 1960s onwards. There was a plan to triple the size of the plant in 1968 (although still wet process), but planning permission was denied in this scenic semi-urban location. Final closure in 1981 was ostensibly due to the installation of Rochester A6. The plant used a spur of the LB&SC railway for transport. The site remained a depot for a short time after closure then was cleared and is now an industrial estate. The white quarry is occupied by a recycler and the grey quarry is waste land.
Please contact me with any relevant information or corrections. I am particularly interested in firmer dates and statistics.
? Washmill and screener – total 450 kW
One rotary kiln was installed:
There is some confusion about the Lewes kiln. It is clear from maps and photographs that the kiln was initially much shorter and was extended in the 1930s, but the FLS reference list says it was 75 m as installed.
Rotation (viewed from firing end): ?
Slope: 1/25 (2.292°)
Cooler: Unax planetary ?11 tubes
Coal Mill: ?
Exhaust: via ID fan direct to stack. After the lengthening of the kiln, cyclones were added before the ID fan. An electrostatic precipitator was added in 1980.
Typical Output: 1928-1935 125 t/d: 1936-1966 180 t/d: 1966-1981 210 t/d
Typical Heat Consumption: 1928-1935 8.23 MJ/kg: 1936-1966 7.57 MJ/kg: 1966-1981 7.13 MJ/kg