A disused Riddlesden lime kiln built more than 200 years ago has had a facelift.

Craven College students and British Waterways Yorkshire staff spent a day working on the structure next to the Leeds Liverpool Canal last Wednesday.

The students were from the college’s Centre for Construction and Heritage Skills.

They were assisted by a team of British Waterways experts, including Steve Rawson and heritage advisor Judy Jones. They worked on removing vegetation and rebuilding walls.

Judy said: “The kiln has been here since the late 18th century and is currently on Bradford Council’s ‘at risk’ register.

“We are hoping by working together with the college not only will the students benefit from putting their skills into practice but we may also be able to get the kiln removed from the register.”

Kevin Lambert, heritage tutor at Craven College, said: “Our students gained a lot from taking part in the repairs to Riddlesden lime kiln.

“They were given the opportunity to put their skills learned at college into practice.

“The day was an enjoyable one for all involved and we were pleased to help British Waterways to restore the lime kiln and take it from the ‘at risk’ register.

“The college will be more than happy to work alongside British Waterways in the future.”

Judy added: “We are running a series of towpath tidy events which are taking place across the whole network.

“This project illustrates just how much can be achieved in a relatively short time.

“I would like to thank Craven College for all its help in restoring this interesting structure and important piece of canal history.”