Cement Kilns

Rhee Valley

Location:

  • Grid reference: TL39074831
  • x=539070
  • y=248310
  • 52°6'56"N; 0°1'52"E
  • Civil Parish: Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

Clinker manufacture operational: 1888-1934

Approximate total clinker production: 169,000 tonnes

Raw materials: Chalk Marl (West Melbury Marly Chalk Formation: 97-100 Ma) from quarry at 539100,248400: Grey Chalk sweetener was also used, at one time from 541350,237850

Ownership:

  • 1888-1910? Rhee Valley Portland Cement Co.
  • 1910?-1927 Wiggins and Co. (Hammersmith) Ltd
  • 1927-1931 Red Triangle
  • 1931-1934 Wiggins and Sankey Ltd

The plant started with two dry process bottle kilns, and had expanded this to four (output 120 t/week ) by 1903. It remained in this state until closure. Having been acquired by Red Triangle, following the latter’s demise, Blue Circle was not interested in acquiring it from the liquidator, and it reverted to its previous owners, who got it for nothing, but in the depression it was incapable of making money and closed in 1934. The plant had a siding on the Great Northern railway. Some of the buildings still stand, and foundations of the rest are visible. The marl pit is flooded.

No rotary kilns were installed.


Sources: Cook, pp 75, 89: Francis, pp 208-210: Jackson, p 293


© Dylan Moore 2011: last edit 26/11/2014.

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Rhee Valley Capacity