Cement Kilns



  • Grid reference: TQ61457538
  • x=561450
  • y=175380
  • 51°27'16"N; 0°19'26"E
  • Civil Parish: Northfleet, Kent

Clinker manufacture operational: 1874-1902

Approximate total clinker production: 260,000 tonnes

Raw materials:


Weston had previously made Roman Cement at Millwall, and may have continued producing it in a small way at this site. The Portland plant apparently began with nine small chamber kilns (output 130 t/week). Three more sets of three were added – 85 t/week around 1881, 95 t/week around 1888 and 75 t/week around 1899. The plant used water transport, although a rail link was later made. After closure, the site stood derelict until in the 1930s it was absorbed into the adjacent Britannia Lead Works. It is currently under port facilities.

No rotary kilns were installed.

Sources: Eve, p 17: Francis, p 167

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

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Approximate capacity: tonnes per year
Westons Capacity

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This was taken on 26/4/1927 and shows the site from the east. The plant (on the right) was at this time still more or less intact, and the washmill and kiln feed mixer were in place. The Tower plant (on the left) had been cleared and converted into a concrete products plant. View in High Definition.