Cement Kilns



  • Grid reference: TA10263140
  • x=510260
  • y=431400
  • 53°46'2"N; 0°19'43"W
  • Civil Parish: Sutton on Hull, East Yorkshire

Clinker manufacture operational: 1889-1927

Approximate total clinker production: 1,130,000 tonnes

Raw materials:

  • Middle Chalk (Welton Chalk Formation: 90-94 Ma) from Barton Cliff 500500,422250 (Barton upon Humber, Lindsey). In 1913, the Stoneferry Goods branch was opened and Hessle chalk was brought to a new rawmill across Stoneferry Road.
  • Alluvial Clay from East Halton, Lindsey (515400,421200): from 1913 local alluvium from 510650,431450.


  • 1889-1899 Hull Portland Cement Co.
  • 1899-1903 Burstall and Co. Ltd
  • 1903-1911 Robson’s Cement Co. Ltd
  • 1911-1927 BPCM (G & T Earles) - Blue Circle

Formerly called Kingston Works, and frequently called Robson’s Works. There were originally four chamber kilns making 100 t/week. A second block of four (120 t/week) was added in 1895, and a block of six (180 t/week) in 1898. Rotary kiln installation commenced in 1903: Davis’ 1907 capacity of 800 t/week represented two rotaries and the last block of the chamber kilns. The latter were decommissioned by mid-1912 . The closure of the plant corresponds with the development by the Earles organization of the Humber and Hope plants. The Robson’s brand remained in use in the north of England until the 1950s. The plant had water transportation using a wharf on the River Hull, and sidings on the North Eastern Railway. The site was completely cleared and is now a shopping area.


Washmills were originally used. With the use of hard Humberside chalk, a tube mill was installed. In 1913, this was relocated to a site east of Stoneferry Road (510555,431420) and slurry was pumped 250 m to the plant.

Three rotary kilns were installed:

Kiln A1

Supplier: Polysius
Operated: 1903-1927
Process: Wet
Location: hot end : cold end : enclosed.
Dimensions: metric 30.00 × 2.000
Rotation (viewed from firing end): ?
Slope: ?
Speed: ?
Drive: ?
Kiln profile: 0×1700: 720×2000: 30000×2000: Tyres at 4510, 15520, 28380
Cooler: rotary: metric 10.00 × 1.000 beneath kiln
Cooler profile: 0×1000: 10000×1000: Tyres at 1845, 8425
Fuel: Coal
Coal Mill: ?
Typical Output: 1903-1917 46 t/d: 1918-1927 50 t/d
Typical Heat Consumption: 1903-1917 11.5 MJ/kg: 1918-1927 9.5 MJ/kg

Kiln A2

Operated: 1903-1927
Location: hot end : cold end : enclosed.
In all other respects identical to A1

Kiln A3

Operated: 1906-1927
Location: hot end : cold end : enclosed.
In all other respects identical to A1

Sources: Francis, p 225: Jackson, pp 294, 299: The Pelican, July 1925; January 1951, p 1

© Dylan Moore 2011: commenced 07/08/2011: last edit 11/07/2017.

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Old Maps

A detail plan of the plant has been partially completed, but further progress is prevented by lack of information on the layout of the rotary kiln plant. These are to be found in the Greenhithe archive, which remains inaccessible.

Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Stoneferry Capacity