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Report - Harford Hills Chalk tunnels, Norwich, Norfolk - August 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Altair, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Altair

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    Harford Hills Chalk tunnels.

    Visited with Kubix_uk and his plus 1. I know this place has had a fair bit of traffic recently, but its the only set of pics I've got sorted on my dying pc and been quiet for too long! Anyway, having not been down here for a while I received request for a tour and jumped at the chance. Biggest problem was getting Kubix to the meeting point! lesson 1, look at the map and not your sat nav lol! Once gathered we set about wandering the tunnels, although we only had time for the 'short loop'.

    History. Shamelessly stolen from myself, via Kubix. Cheers :thumb

    Norwich has been mined for chalk and flints since the middle ages right up until WW2, while others date back to the 12th century although no accurate dates can be found. This particular mine is on the site of an old chalk quarry but the workers were forced to tunnel underground to keep supplying the chalk. It was used to make lime and there are also lime kilns in the area, while the flint was used in construction.


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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     

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