Littleborough’s History EXCAVATIONS Of the structures listed above there no clear remains above ground of either the coal pit or the coke ovens and very limited evidence of other structures except a large stone which may have been a base for the waterwheel. TOP TOP TOP TOP

Kiln K3

Construction of the kiln K3 appeared to be a Stone Base similar to the earliest kiln K2 covered iby a protective layer of clay upon which the brick flooring was laid. Presumably, the experience of K2 showed that the heat  severely damaged the stone thus the intermediate clay lining. When it came to K1 which we believe is the most recent kiln, the use of stone was limited. See general picture (right) and detail of drain (below).


KILN K2,

Only the eastern half of the kiln remains, the remaining half being largely destroyed. It is believed to have been a downdraught kiln based upon the style of construction.  The 2 photographs below show the base of the kiln with fire holes at the side (below) and central flue (2nd below). Some of the fire holes contained coal whilst others contained coke. One fire hole contained well glazed bricks which suggest it may have partially collapsed and went out of use. .


The Pottery Plan as drawn by Peter Cryer based on map of 1847/48 (NOT TO SCALE) Plan aligned north (top) south (bottom) TOP TOP