Taken in 1948, this photograph shows the huge rotary kiln (the horizontal pipe leading to the chimney stack) used to bake the lime slurry as part of the cement-making process. Cement is a finely ground, grey mineral powder made of two main materials, lime and clay. When water is added it acts as a glue, and when mixed with sand and aggregate it forms concrete – the most widely used construction material in the world.
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