History of Bower Yard Lime Kilns
The lime kilns were constructed during the mid 1800s and were in operations until the 1870s when the industry fell into decline. An increase in the demand of limestone during the 1920s meant the kilns were called into action again and improvements were required. This is when the new crushing plant and conveyor belts were installed. The archway and buttress were repaired and the railway siding from the Severn Valley line was constructed. Here is an illustration of what the kilns may have looked like after operations resumed.
The kilns eventually stopped working in the 1940s and gradually fell into disrepair. Major conservation work was carried out in 2011 by the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust and Telford & Wrekin Council.