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Report - Rosary Road Chalk Mine/Air raid Shelter. May 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Altair, May 13, 2012.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    This was a solo explore due to time wasters but not the first time I've been in here. Although this is a fairly small site it is easily my favourite local splore. Just a small selection of pictures from various visits to this place.

    Some history, although it's all been covered before.

    "In the early 19th century the lime-kilns and chalk workings around this area were fully exploited but by the end of the century housing and industrial development had made access to the pits and tunnels difficult and they eventually were abandoned. However, they continued to be used as places for storage. Thompson & Sons, for instance, used the caves and tunnels (Rosary road) when they occupied the Chalk Hill Works site as a natural storehouse for iron, zinc and tin, erecting two stout doors at the entrances to the main tunnels. In the 19th century Coleman's Brewery Company occupied the site and used the tunnels for extensive storage."


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    The site was also used as an air raid shelter during the second world war and some of the bunks, stretchers and toilets buckets and cubicles still remain.


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