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Lead or Rumour info - Guildford secret caves

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Black Hawk, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Black Hawk

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    In the late 60's and early 70's my school mates and I regularly visited secret caves in Guildford Surrey. They were chalk mines that had an entrance concealed by trees and an overgrown chain link fence in an old disused quarry in what was called Racks Close, Guildford. A green wooden door was set into a cliff and we used to pry open the door to get in. These caves were a labyrinth of passages and diggings with one very large cave near the entrance. On getting through the door, steep slippery steps led down to the first large cave with passages leading off from it.

    This area is now a park with a main entrance just off Quarry Street, Guildford. There are other entrances to the park at the top of the quarry in Warwicks Bench. Enter these co-ordinates into Google Maps for the exact location of the known entrance 51.232826, -0.571346

    During the 70's the entrance was bricked up, but one day we returned with tools to get in. We nearly crapped ourselves on that day when part of the roof of the labyrinth of passages fell in and almost trapped us, we never returned to the caves again.

    Last time I looked (a good few years ago), the entrance had been covered by an earth bank. But I researched the caves in the local Library Guildford, also several years ago and I found a little book with a plan of the cave and labyrinth area, which had been mapped by archaeologists. The map does show a second entrance which was at the top of a shaft somewhere in the labyrinth of passages. I remember seeing this shaft and there was a wooden trap door at the top, but there was no way we could climb up the shaft to find where this entrance was.

    Perhaps one day someone will find the second entrance. Would be nice to visit the place again. :cool:
     
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    Perhaps they will eh...;)
     
  3. tucker

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    They will indeed ;)Think the shaft pops up into a housing estate or block of flats. Theres a helluva lot of weight on top that place!
     
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    nice one mate sounds interesting,One little thing its a bad idea to say you tried to break in.
     
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    I think the 2nd entrance has been filled although the green door is still there and is probably accessable via the local authority
     
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    Yep, would be nice to get some photo's :)

    The passages go a long way back from the cliff face, far enough to be under the castle, or near it I would think. If I remember correctly, the shaft with the second entrance was very near the end of the labyrinth of passages. :thumb

    School boys eh! :crazy

    It would seem that someone else knew about this place, wonder if he was one of my school chums. Take a look half way down the page:

    http://www.knowhere.co.uk/Guildford/Surrey/South-East-England/info/local

    Next time I'm in Guildford I'll take another look for the main entrance. Maybe some of you local folks could sort out a visit via the local authority, if indeed the main entrance is still there. ;)
     
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    I recall my Grandfather telling me the he and his mates tried to explore the caves back in the 1890's. There was no door then! Unfortunatley the candles that they had kept going out and they lost their nerve. It was said that the caves extended to the High Street and ended up in the cellars of the Red Lion Hotel (long gone sadly).
     
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    i used to go to school in merrow,there were caves at the top of the merrow downs and tunnels that ran down to near our school
    there was a tunnel in a garden near the school and caves in the school
    i think guildford has its fair share of caves and tunnels
     
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    A year has now elapsed since the last post, I found this web site today with plans of the caves

    http://www.barq.org/caverns/

    Most of it comes from a scanned contemporary article.
     
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    Here is a Youtube Video of the entrance. Not mine I might add but I recall my Grandfather showing me the staircase down to the door many years ago. Whether I could find it now I don't know, so much has changed there in the last 50 years!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEnk6lEtXi8

    Having looked a the video more closely. I recognised the steel staircase, it's a footpath from the top of the quarry and ends in a "Grassy Patch" in a small park area with a track leading off to Pewley Downs or back to the Shalford Road. Finding the site is the easy bit, finding away in????????????
     
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    Thanks for this.

    Humm, that area hasn't been built on. Might be worth a look.

    Most of the towns along this belt of chalk/sandstone has tunnels. Guildford-Dorking-Reigate.

    I bet there's loads still waiting to be discovered.....
     
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    I remember the racks close caves, went in them in the 60's. I went to st elanors school. Went in the the merrow ones and one in someones garden. It was a huge house on london road, probably half way between merrow and the road down to stoke park. there was a rockery and behind some bushes a door[yes really] the tunnel went quite a way and was bricked up at the end, it might well have gone into the house at some time.
     
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    its been shut down i looked at going there a few months back and my wifes friend works at the Guildford counsel and they have shut it down due to an out break of Legionnaires' disease in the main tunnel
     
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    I thought that it was more likely that they were dangerous and that the Council didn't people breaking and then getting injured. Burying the door is quite effective at keeping people out.

    The Lascaux Caves in France is supposed to have dangerous bacteria in them but they were air conditioned and had many vistors each year, hardly the case at Guildford! It's quite possible that was an excuse to stop the cave paintings being damaged, which they were.

    http://www.ancient-wisdom.co.uk/francelascaux.htm
    gives details.
     
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    For years there have been rumours about the secret caves beneath Guildford. Some say there is a secret passageway between the castle and the river.
     
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