Make time for lime!

Friday 03 May 2013

Make time for lime

Make time for lime

Lime is Wales’s white gold! It transformed the farming landscape, helped build our homes, and had many uses in industry. The role of lime in Wales’s history is seldom remembered, but for centuries using lime was part of everyday life.

Farmers would travel for several days to the quarries on the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman, to collect cartloads of lime for improving their farmland. Great pride and care was taken to prepare the carts and horses for the journey. Speed was of the essence to minimise the cost of the tolls charged by the turnpike trusts for using the roads they repaired. Anger at the tolls charged for transporting lime was one of the causes of the famous Rebecca Riots. Today lime is in demand again as a traditional and eco-friendly building material.

You can discover much more about the past, present and future of lime at the CALCH 'Lime Heritage Discovery Day' to be held on Llangadog Green on Monday 27 May Bank Holiday.

The event is organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust and coincides with the Fforest Fawr Geopark festival. Experts will be on hand with displays and demonstrations of how lime is made and its uses. There will be talks on the history and geology of lime, storytelling and hands on activities for all the family. There will also be tours around the Black Mountain Quarries.

The event which will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm is free and everyone is welcome!
To find out more about the Lime Heritage Discovery Day contact Menna Bell at the Dyfed Archaeological Trust (01558 825997).

To find out more about the CALCH project visit

CALCH is a partnership project and one of 24 schemes to benefit from Cadw's £19 million Heritage Tourism Project which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. CALCH is also funded by the Aggregates Levy Fund for Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund and, the Brecon Beacons Trust.