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The chambers traversed the entire length of the kiln with a small arched wall along the centre.

The entire structure appeared to be constructed of dry bricks without any mortar. I assume the heat from the fires, and the kiln operating continuously, meant the bricks expanded slightly, locking the whole structure together. Without the heat, the bricks cooled, contracted and dropped out. Several bricks were hanging out of the ceiling, ready to fall. We didnít venture inside as neither of us had hard hats and we felt they were definitely required.

Looking east into the first kiln. © Simon Cornwell 2009

Detail of numbers on the wall. © Simon Cornwell 2009