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Report - Vortigern caves Margate_20100523

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Mr Fro, May 23, 2010.

  1. Mr Fro

    Mr Fro 28DL Full Member
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    Apr 17, 2010
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    According to the guide book, these caves are allegedly of Phoenician origin although more probably of Thanecian derivation. They are named after Vortigern, a leading 5th century warlord who gave the area to the Saxons as a reward for helping him fight the picts and scots.

    They were rediscovered by an eccentric chap called Francis Forster (or his gardener at any rate) in 1798 who cut a private entrance for himself. It was at this time that the coloured murals were created and in doing so, the painted surfaces were smoothed which destroyed much valuable archaeology.

    Apparently, there’s a smugglers tunnel (now bricked up) that runs between these caves and the Lido. There is a tunnel leading from the Lido towards the Vortigern caves but to be honest, I didn’t fancy the look of it much so didn’t explore it.

    On with the pics:

    The way in





    Scary croc

    Cheers for looking.

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