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  1. Lots of pictures here! I've always been partial to an underground space, the weirder the better! Sat in my research for many years was a place seldom seen. Armed with a vague idea I set off with Lucan on a hunt to see what we could find! Luckily it wasn't as difficult to find as expected! Most decorated underground spaces i've come across are normally very small, usually made of sandstone and very very dark! These were a nice contrast although a little bit tricky to capture with the light lime stone and the light pouring in! These are 19th century carvings of mythical creatures and emblems tucked away in such a quirky little space! I think there's the head of a a couple things, a cyclops remains of a bird, headless man some kind of boar some kind of bear/pig? many had glass around the eyes pushed into the stone!there was remains of a stone circle and lots of carved seating There was also the remains of some kind of tower a shell grotto and a cemetery! slightly puzzling thing to find in the location it was not an easy location to get the bodies too but the metal headstones just kept going into the brambles and the woods. The Cemetery
  2. Along the road in the Yorkshire dales we came across many small caves. We ventured into some of them, and saw some cool things. Next year we plan on returning and Exploring the larger caves.
  3. Found our way into a small cave in the Yorkshire dales.
  4. Well, heres another easy explore I done recently with a few friends. This is only the second location I've visited, so be gentle! I wont bore you with TOO much history, as this has been done numerous times, and I'm sure most of you are aware of this place or have visited yourself. CRANK CAVERNS, ST HELENS, MERSEYSIDE. There are also legends of vicious dwarves eating children, soldiers going into the mines with gunpowder, etc.. But now to the pictures. Sorry, not all the photos are in order, I had lots to do this morning and was just trying to get this uploaded. Hope you lot enjoy the photos anyway! E.
  5. Not much history other than it shut down back in the 1980's at some point.. Had fun in here very thankful I had someone with me who's been a few times before (none member). Had a blast working our way around all the paths and climbing under and over cave ins.. Love my first underground explore.. Took over 300 pictures.. Only ones I have edited.. Enjoy. Rare Sight
  6. Wasn't going to bother with a report as to be fair there may be one from about 4 years ago from me,well it was this mixed with another place.. Anyhow its sunday and im so very bored so here's some pics from a recent less crowded trip Brief stolen history Pictors And an odd portrait one cos i dont have another to match it up Nothing new by any means but i was killing time in here so be rude not to grab some more updated pics
  7. I have visited these tunnels many times but never captured a complete set i was happy with. Went down with the fisheye this time as the sigma is in the shop Visited with Obscurity and a non member Pics.. Toilet blocks can be seen on the left spur. there is several different construction types used and parts have been bored out using a machine and my favourite shot.. Thanks for looking and sorry about fisheye overkill..sigmas out the shop soon so back to 10-200mm very soon
  8. Local caves, used for many a rave .... these are huge structures with evidence of being hand carved at the beginning this place is a mish mash of history; brick pillars, iron supports, blue and orange tiles on two difeerent sections mostly full of lame graff and rave evidence! Ill give you a bit o background.... "The cave was formed due to pillar and stall workings when the red Keuper Sandstone which was formed in the Triassic period was removed for building purposes. It would appear that stone was removed from this site as far back as 1633 as documents which have been found show that a Roger Low was paid 22 pence a score to remove 130ft of stone from this site on the 31st of August of that year. Other documents have been recovered which suggest that New Trentham Hall was constructed from this red sandstone also in 1633. There are other references to stone being removed from the cave in the 1680s. The 1850 Tithe map shows that the woodland where the cave is belonged to a Thomas Fitzherbert however the cave was not shown on any maps until 1924 when it was shown as “Beech Caves†prior to that it was shown as just a quarry when it first appeared on a map in 1901. According to locals who lived in the area during the war it is their claim that the site was “out of bounds†presumably guarded by the military this has lead to speculation that the army was using it to store ordnance. Some people claim that it was the ordnance factory at nearby Swynnerton that used it for storing ammunition, while others are of the belief that it was used by the American base at Trentham, however there does not seem to be any official records to support these claims." Referencing http://ludchurchmybl...st/beech-caves/ Today lesson is brought to you by the letter S....For shutter speed!!!!! Caves come in all sizes and shapes going back 3 levels, a few feet lower than previous thanks for looking
  9. I honestly have no idea what these caves are, they're close to the South Front Barracks. If anybody could share some information on it, it would be appreciated!
  10. A revisit was in order with Obscurity,Fortknox0 and frosty and this time Space Invader joined us for a look around This is looking back along the Arp (tower hamlets tunnel) just before lagoon caves Section leading to the tower hamlets tunnel from the lagoon caves Now a few from in lagoon caves Toilet block at the end of the caves Back into the main tunnel looking towards the bricked wall just before the builders rubbish blockage Another toilet block in beaufoy’s caves Looking down just after the long crawl over broken shower doors and rotten wood Now sealed passage into the workshop area beyond this was obviously still in use That was that nice to visit the place again!!
  11. I just came across these pictures which where taken as the title suggests quite some time back,so there's my excuse for poor quality of photographs right there as back then i was lazy and didn't take my time setting shots up or lighting them. This was a flying visit to the section right next door called soldiers home caves,while we where there an opportunity presented it self and it would be rude not to go through into the other 2 sections and have a poke around.I'm hoping I'm posting the correct pics under the sections named as i say was a fair long while back and pics have been jumbled up a bit so ill do my best from memory to get them in the right order This was visited with myself,Maniac,Obscurity,Frosty, and non member Teebs....History borrowed from subterranean history first section.. Croucher's Tunnels, Dover These tunnels are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels' after the Croucher & Co Shipwrights, who operated from premises in front of the tunnels in the 1960s & 70s, and used the tunnels as a store. Prior to this they seem to have been known as 'Bushell's Caves', presumably after Bushell & Co. who previously occupied the site. The tunnels themselves form the centre section of a series of tunnels in Dover's Snargate Street. The three sets of tunnels from West to East are the Court's Wine Vaults (Barwicks Caves), Croucher's Tunnels and Soldiers' Home Caves. They were all linked during WW2 to create a large Air Raid Shelter, but since the war have reverted to different private ownerships. This section takes the form of three parallel tunnels dug into the cliff at an angle, which are interconnected at the far end. They are still used to this day as a storage area. Onto the next section.... Courts' Wine Vaults, Dover These tunnels were excavated by Dover wine merchant Stephen Court at the beginning of the 19th Century. They were dug into cliffs at the rear of the Courts' premises in Snargate Street, and along with terraced gardens and a folly shaped like Dover Castle on the cliff face, were a tourist attraction in their day. Wines were even made from the grapes and exotic fruits growing on the cliff terraces, and were stored in the vaults below. The tunnels are lined throughout and have alcoves in the walls, which presumably held the racks for wine bottles. The Courts' premises was demolished during or just before the Second World War, and the tunnels were linked to others further along the street to form a large air raid shelter (graffiti still remains in the tunnels from this time). After the war local building firm R.J Barwick moved onto the site and the caves have been known as 'Barwick's Caves' ever since. a few pics from inside..again sorry about quality .. Was a very unexpected visit and due to pics not being great i had almost forgotten about actually posting.. i realise also i missed so many nice bits of graffiti ,but was a surprise visit and didn't have a huge amount of time in there due to earlier explores
  12. For years a forgotten system of passages and tunnels are rumored to have been left disused under Ramsgate. The larger and more recognized tunnels are referred to as St.Augustines caves. Early photos show these tunnels and many entrances. The tunnels suffered after a cliff collapse causing them to become split into many small sections. These are now sealed and sit under the st. Augustine’s Abbey. Next to the abbey is Pugin’s house. This is open to the public but the tunnels aren't accessible. After speaking to the monks at the abbey we found that pugins caves were unexplored and the monks had no knowledge of if they still exist. Well, a while later we are in to unlock the secrets of Pugin’s caves. They were constructed by Pugin for the purposes of smuggling. A & C 1867:-
  13. Yes obscurity it was pants..But had made me mind up i was gunna find it and play some more with the sigma ..so we did.visited with spaceinvader(equally dissapointed) Borrowed history Gas making was Dover's oldest public industry, starting in Trevanion Street in 1823 and continuing later in Union Road. With the discovery of natural gas in the North Sea, the production of gas from coal ceased, and the gas works were demolished to make way for other industries. Not a huge place by any means but something we'd both decided to look at.
  14. Right not going into the history of the place as its been quite nicely reported on other sites ..this is an arp that has a tunnel joining the 2 aforementioned caves,entrance is Amusing as ever,hats off to the guys who more recently went down ! It cant be said that its laid undiscovered as some parts are obviously still in use,just not visited by any urbex! It was visited with knox obs and frosty ..battered and bruised in places but a good night out anyways! Right as it goes was a good explore way too much clambering around involved and not unlike other arp's but worth the cold night out,thanks for looking
  15. History stolen from Subterranean History. This is the Eastern end of a large tunnel complex in ******* Street, which began as separate tunnels but were linked during WW2 for use as air raid shelters. The main part of this section is the 900ft long Cowgate Tunnel which connected ******* Street with Durham Hill. Unfortunately, this tunnel was penetrated by a shell during WW2 which resulted in the death of 63-year old Mrs. Patience Ransley, who was sheltering inside at the time. The tunnel is blocked at the point of the shell penetration, which occured within the grounds of Cowgate Cemetery on the surface. Conditions are poor due to roof falls and rotten timber props. Due to revelopment of the Durham Hill area, the entrance at that end seems to have vanished. The passage going West from the main entrance tunnel passes a vent shaft and kiln, and was originally known as 'Soldiers' Home Caves', due to them being behind the old Soliders' Home. The passage continues to a metal gate which blocks access to the next set of tunnels, which are known as 'Croucher's Tunnels'. shell damaged section the kiln a shoe a chair locked gate to other section
  16. These are at the Eastern end of The Snargate Street Tunnels, the Tunnel leads to the west (Croucher's Tunnels) passing a vent shaft and kiln, and to the east (Cowgate Tunnel) The Cowgate section was hit & almost destroyed by a shell in WW2 killing a Mrs Patience Ransley, it is called Soldiers' Home Caves because its located behind the old Soliders' Home...... 1 2 looking up towards the kiln 3 looking back down 4 main section 5 Fat Wreck having a wee rest 6 looking back down the main section 7 Cowgate section 8 a bit further in 8 and some Orbs that have been floating about since the War 9 10 11 two Orbs!!! they must have been happy to have some company after all those years alone in the dark thanks for looking
  17. ......Some old picz i never got round to posting from agez ago, cant say i enjoyed the mighty BIG drop to get in but it woz well worth it thankz for looking
  18. Scotts caves also known to some as snaregate street west tunnels is dug into the cliffs at western heights..the main tunnels where used during ww2 as a shelter..the tunnels where named after scott & sons dyeing and cleaning works which i think closed down in the sixties .there doesnt appear to be much info on the net about the place so i have put a few odds and sods of info together how much is correct im not sure.Well i know is called scotts caves ...There is a pit with pipes going down and a shaft leading up with pipes that was a well,that i think had some connection with the grand shaft barracks but dont quote me.Please excuse lack of pics on this and quality took a fair few but others led’s and bodys in shot didn’t keep many not anyones fault tho..heres a few pics This was looking down the well..and as for the up the shaft pics wasnt dangling over the edge to light paint so flash.. Im thinking camera shake and i should have got my remote out! On to D.O.E There isnt a huge amount of information on these tunnels but ive cobbled together some facts from reading up a little on various sites!so if some of the text seems familiar it is cos i literally got snipits from about 4 sites sorry! Right the D.O.E Tunnels in Dover are a large system of tunnels in the area of dovers western docks.The firebrigade plans of the 1970's name these tunnels D.O.E,they where owned by the Dover storage company which is now in use by a shipping company. The tunnels are thought to date from around the 1800's and over the years have had work performed on them at some time,they are also believed to have been used during WW2 and also as a shelter ,and there is a stairway which is believed to form a link to the main train tunnel and rumour of an underground platform of some sort.... There was a tunnel connecting the D.O.E to the lower oil mills but ive read that was blocked off after a fire in the 90's Also lesser known is that in front of these tunnels was the military barracks named the oil mills barracks..and that the main occupants where the east surrey regiment,and that the barracks where also used to "detain or station" conscientious objectors at some point during the war. And one last thing what a place friggin huge .right enuff of all that on with the pics ! Right the next few where from inside the burnt out section,there was some dodgy looking foam material with what looked like some sort of spores growing on it down here and a very large breezeblockwall similar to one seen from the outside.. Thanks for looking sorry bout the quality of the scotts caves!
  19. The Margate caves are situated at one end of Northdown Road in Margate, and run for a reasonable distance underneath the site of a one time vicarage and church, both of which were destroyed in WWII - and the site is now a car park. Origenally they are thought to have started out as a denehole, but have had many uses in their past including a prison with dungeons that can be seen today, a secret place of workship buring times of religious persecution, and as a hideout and storage for smugglers with passeges to and from the sea. The caves fell out of use at some point and got forgotten about until somewhere near the end of the 18th Century, a man named Francais Forster built a large house called Northumberland House, and around 1798 his gardener re-discovered the caves by accidently digging into them. A private entrance into the caves was made, and it was during this time that most of the murals and paintings you can see in the caves today were created. According to local history, the paintings were all done by a local artist named Brazier, who unfortunitely destroyed many interesting aspects of the caves contruction when the walls were smoothed over to create a surface for his work. In 1914 a new entrance was cut from the cellar of the vicarage, which is the entrance that is still used today. In the making of this entrance, one of the murals (The Thanet Hunt) was destroyed. The Caves were opened as a tourist attraction, but were eventually closed to the public in 2003 amid 'safety concerns' and the council has put forward plans to have them filled in and housing built on the land above on more than one occassion. Each time it's been blocked and thus they now sit there today doing nothing. (Quite honestly there's nothing unsafe about them they just need cleaning up a bit, but of course caves don't really make councils any money, but land for housing does! ) There have been proposals recently to re-open the caves as part of the Margate Regenration scheme, but as far as I know at the moment no real progress has been made on this. Explored with Fortknox0, Obscurity, Frosty, Gizmo and Townie. Thank for Looking! Maniac.
  20. In the former Winchelsea Quarry lays a large network of tunnels which were used during WW2 as air raid shelters. The basic layout consists of four parallel tunnels with connecting passages. Originally there was a total of four entrances in the quarry which the current company that own the land are using as workshops and two more at the opposite end of the tunnel which are now sealed up. I would like to kindly thank the land owners for allowing us permission to visit this site and allowing us the day to walk around and have a good look.
  21. found these on my trip out with solar p these are the 18th Century Caves on Military Road just down from the car park theres about 3 different ones.