When it came to naming our newest development ‘The Kilns’ in Beadnell, inspiration came easily with the presence of an 18th century limekiln on the site.
At Bondgate Homes, we are keen to preserve and promote unique heritage assets; this historic limekiln is being carefully conserved, retaining the unique and historical character of the site.
This limekiln originally produced quicklime for spreading on fields around Beadnell to improve crops and pasture, as well as a potential supply of lime for building locally.
Lime burning is one of the oldest industrial technologies, important in both agriculture and traditional building. Limestone and coal were broken up and burned in kilns like the one on our site in Beadnell, to make quicklime. Quicklime and slaked lime in the form of lime hydrate were used to ‘sweeten’ agricultural land by neutralising acidity and breaking up heavy clay soils. Slaked lime with an excess of water also made lime wash and lime putty. Mixed with sand and gravel, slaked lime was used to make lime mortar and lime concrete for building.
The kiln fell out of use by the mid-19th century due to increasing availability of industrially mass-produced hydrated lime for agriculture and the preference for cement in building. It is hoped that by restoring and retaining this limekiln and providing information boards explaining the history of the site, it can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors of the area.
A home at The Kilns is the ideal choice for those who want to live in a beautifully designed contemporary new home built within a historic setting. These beautiful new homes will be built using traditional styles and quality local materials.
Homeowners at The Kilns can enjoy the delights of being close to nature with the harbour and beach just a short stroll away, whilst all the delights of Northumberland county are on your doorstep and the city of Newcastle is less than an hour away.
The Kilns is an outstanding collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom primary residence homes, perfectly placed in the centre of Beadnell village on the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.