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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1057429



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: West Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Kilve

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 16-Nov-1984

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 265166

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5/125 Oil Retort House


- II

Oil retort house. Circa 1924. Red brick, irregular bond, and cast iron. Roughly square in plan, a rectangular block about 4 metres high and 2.15 x 2.45 metres square. Flat roofed, divided by recessed string course with inset cast iron bar on East front, corbelled projection below on all fronts, irregularly placed square ventilation holes, majority on East and West fronts; segmental headed loading opening on West front at ground floor level with cut off pipe above, angled segmental headed opening on North front above low external stepped plinth partially damaged. Surrmounted by cast iron chimney with flange attatched on West side, thought to have been an attachment to carry away and condense the vapours, in all about 5 metres high. In 1916 it was discovered that the shale beds of the North Somerset coast were rich in oil and in 1924 Dr Forbes-Leslie founded the Shaline Company to exploit them. This retort house is thought to be the first structure erected here for the conversion of shale to oil but the company was unable to raise sufficient capital and this is now all that remains of the anticipated Somerset oil boom. Listed primarily for historical interest. (Country Life October 26, 1967; photograph in NMR).

Listing NGR: ST1445244313

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Country Life' in 26 October, (1967)

National Grid Reference: ST 14452 44313


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