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Report - Oil Mills West - Dover - Nov 2011

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Nelly, Dec 2, 2011.

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    These tunnels in Limekiln Street were most likely dug in the early to mid 19th Century to extract chalk for burning and turning into lime.

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    The limekilns, which gave the street its name, were located nearby. It is probable that the lime and excavated chalk were used in the construction of Dover Harbour.

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    Almost cavernous in places, the extent of these tunnels is impressive and it is not surprising they've had many uses over the years including WW2 shelters and storage.

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    The tunnels are cut directly into the cliff, some are very short and end after a few feet, whereas others go back a few hundred feet and join up, the ceilings are up to 30ft high in places.

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    There is much evidence of alteration over the years, including the addition of blast walls.

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    #1 Nelly, Dec 2, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

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