Shield

Location:

  • Grid reference: TQ57407553
  • x=557400
  • y=175530
  • 51°27'25"N; 0°15'56"E
  • Civil Parish: Stone, Kent

Clinker manufacture operational: 1880-1914, 1919-1922

Approximate total clinker production: 360,000 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:

Sometimes called Wilders & Cary’s Works. One of three plants installed at the Stone Court ballast pier, there were 7 chamber kilns here in 1900, and these had conceivably been present from 1880. Output 1900: 170 t/week. A further 12 chamber kilns were added 1902-1909, bringing capacity to 460 t/week. Water transport was used exclusively. 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 297