Report - Chalk Mines, Norwich May 2010

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I should have danced all night
28DL Full Member
Jul 16, 2006
Visited with Speed.

On a hella rainy day in May, we trekked to Norwich and through slippery woods full of ivy. I fell over 4 times, got stabbed in the arm with a branch and swallowed a mouth full of peaty dirt. The mines are small but apparently there's shed loads more of them so game on for a return trip to no man's land:)

Here's some blurb from the council website:

Norwich was mined for chalk and flints from the Middle Ages until the beginning of World War 2. The chalk was used for liming in agriculture and in building mortar. Flints were used to build the City Walls and some of Norwich's finest buildings. The Guildhall is an excellent example. Initially the chalk was excavated from an open hole but then tunnels were started from the side of the resulting pit, following the richest seams of flints. The oldest mines are closest to the centre of Norwich. As the city grew, mines were dug further out. The last to close was at Harford Hills, to the south of Norwich.














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