Don't let 'industrial relic' lime kiln cottages be demolished
RESIDENTS want to save and preserve two historic lime kiln cottages in Henleaze.
The cottages, near Henleaze Terrace, stand on an old quarry site at the junction of Henleaze Road and Eastfield Road.
Bristol City Council recently granted the owner a demolition order on a group of dilapidated buildings on the site, but residents are worried it will mean the end for the historic cottages.
The kilns, which face on to Eastfield Road but are partially hidden, are though to date back to the 1700s or even the late 1600s.
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Henleaze Society believes the cottages are the oldest surviving relics of the area's industrial past and has launched a bid to save and preserve them.
The owners of the site, which is called Quarryleaze, applied to the council in March for permission to demolish a flat roof dwelling, dilapidated stone/tin and tile outbuildings, concrete block and felt roofed outbuilding.
However, the application failed to mention the two lime kiln stone cottages on the site.
Shirley Phillips, secretary of the society, told the Post: "The fear is that because the cottages are not listed in the demolition order it is possible they will also be destroyed – possibly by default."
The society has applied to English Heritage to have the kilns granted listed status and is waiting to hear the result of the application.
Julian Lea-Jones, chairman of Temple Local History Group, has also written to English Heritage.
He said: "My members are very concerned to learn about a demolition application which almost certainly would result in the destruction of another item of Bristol's fast disappearing industrial heritage.
"Because the lime kilns have not been mentioned in the application, and as they are hidden from casual view, it is very likely that they will be destroyed.
"Lime kilns were once plentiful in Bristol, located at the stone quarries which provided the stone for house building as well as the lime for the black mortar – a characteristic of the majority of Bristol pre 20th century buildings."