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Net Boiler, Lydd

Description: Net Boiler

Grade: II
Date Listed: 25 January 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 175255

OS Grid Reference: TR0916218378
OS Grid Coordinates: 609162, 118378
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9269, 0.9750

Location: Dungeness Road, Lydd, Kent TN29 9NH

Locality: Lydd
Local Authority: Shepway District Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN29 9NH

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added to the list
TR 0420
1/10003 Net boiler
Net boiler, later c19. Square structure of tarred brick about 4 by 5
feet wide and 2½ feet high with brick chimney in one corner. Cemented
parapet. Circular metal tanning copper in centre. Rectangular aperture
at ground level in one side. Net boilers were used for dying and
preserving fishing nets and clothing such as overalls and aprons. The
circular copper tub was filled with water and a fire lit underneath.
Resin from Burma was placed in a basket above the tub and slowly
dissolved. When the water was stained to a dark brown, the nets and
clothes used for a day's fishing were soaked in the solution to
protect them against the ravages of sea water. The nets would be used
for one day's fishing only and then dried out again to set the dye.
Fishermen often boiled their nets on the same day and it was a social
occasion. This tanning copper was larger than most examples and is now
a very rare survival of a process associated with the fishing

Listing NGR: TR0916218378

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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