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Report - Redcliffe Caves (Oct 2010)

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by northcave, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. northcave

    northcave blatant is the new covert
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    There is a local story that the maze of caves under Redcliffe Hill was used to store slaves before they were sold in Bristol. This might be because there were rumours that some French Sailors were kept in the caves as prisoners of war for a short time during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

    The caves were usually used to store goods for the ships in the port. On the wall above one of the entrances to the caves is a plaque which talks about the “Middle passage“. The plaque suggests that slaves were kept prisoner in the barred section inside the caves. This story may have started because goods used in the African and West Indian trades were stored in the caves.

    Sand was collected from the caves to be made into glass for bottling beers and rum (made of molasses from sugar cane which was produced on the slave plantations) and for other glass that was used to make decorative things like beads that were traded with Africa.

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    #1 northcave, Oct 3, 2010
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    I would really like to have a look around in here... I have read that the caves supposedly continue south past the Redcliffe tunnel but all access was blocked off permanently whilst building the tunnel. There is a big building that has fallen into disrepair close to the entrance to the caves, by the Quaker's burial ground. I have been scouring the internet to find the history of it but I cant find anything... going to have a closer look and see if I can find anything which would identify it.
     
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    The caves will be open this Saturday (Sept 12th), for Doors Open day. Seek out Alan from the Axbridge Caving Group, he has spent years researching the caves and is a mine of information on them (pun intended).
     
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