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Heritage officials grant listed status to Ballintoy Harbour’s lime kilns

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The lime kilns at Ballintoy Harbour which led to the building of Ballintoy Harbour which in recent years has had fame as being ‘Pyke Harbour’ in Game of Thrones has been granted listed status by heritage officials.

The kilns were built in 1860 for the industrial burning of limestone extracted from an adjacent quarry at Ballintoy Harbour. It is believed the fuel to fire the kilns may have been locally mined lignite or coal from Ballycastle.

It is believed the lime kiln owners may have spent up to £7,000 to construct the adjoining harbour from which they exported limestone and burnt lime.

It is understood limestone went to Ayrshire and Glasgow, much of which was used in iron smelters for drawing off slag.

MLA Maurice Bradley has welcomed the listing of the Lim Kilns at Ballintoy Harbour as a safeguard to a vital link with history and our heritage along the north coast.

The ~DUP MLA said: “The Grade B1 listing ensuring its proper maintenance and the protection from alteration for this important building at the Harbour is a welcome debvelopment.

Built circa 1860, the rubble masonry kilns are a feature for visitors to Ballintoy at the harbour and as a starting point for walks along White Park Bay. It’s terrific news that they have been protected for future generations to enjoy.”

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