This is a picture of my step dad, Nick Brown, on one of his dates/walks with my mum when they first got together. Although the quarry on Lime Kiln Hill was private property everyone used to go there to play, court, walk the dog etc. The Quarry is now called East Pit and is owned by the Wildlife Trust - it is open for all to enjoy :)
This is a view from the top of Lime Kiln Hill looking across the City of Cambridge. It's one of the great places to see the city and fantastic sunsets. It's also little known, many people not realising that such a 'hill' occurs by the city! In the picture is my mother Elizabeth Brown and her brother, my uncle Dave Toller - they had just moved from the other side of town (Oxford Road) to just towards the bottom of this hill on Netherhall Way.
The Cherry Hinton chalk pits are on Lime Kiln Hill at the western most spur of the Gog Magog Hills. The top of this hill comands impressive views across the town of Cambridge and beyond and as such has been an important site of settlement and defence since prehistoric times, an iron age fort known as the War Ditches was discovered on the site in the late 19th century. The quarrying and industrial use of the site has gone on from at least Roman times due to the high quality chalk and clunch (superior chalk). Cherry Hinton clunch was used, during medieval times, in buildings such as Ely Cathedral and the Cambridge Colleges. Quarrying and lime burning at the site continued at the site well into the 20th century.
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