Hinkley Point – A Changing Landscape Through Time

Yesterday’s glorious weather presented an opportunity to walk the coast and fields west of Hinkley Point.  The Hinkley archaeology outreach team, part of the South West Heritage Trust, are continuing to research the historic landscape surrounding Hinkley Point. Earthworks visible on aerial photographs are the remains of early fields and farmsteads. In the 19th century Lilstock was a thriving port, with a harbour and warehouses standing underneath the cliff.  Coal was imported from Wales and lime and pit props were exported. Lime kilns dotted the coastline here.  An inn called ‘The Limpet Shell’ was in business until the early 20th century.  Today the remains of second world war buildings are a reminder of more recent history.

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