Report - Linley Caverns - Aldridge - West Midlands - December 2016

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Mar 22, 2016
Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK
Not much history readily available on the internet for this site.

In the scramble for underground storage space, Linley had already been rejected by the War Office and the Air Ministry because of its instability and tendency to flood. But in spite of this the RAF took possession in May 1941.
The original cost for converting the caves to an ammunition depot was £250,000, but this did not take account of the poor state of the roof or the ten-degree slope of the floor which meant that level concrete terraces had to be built. During construction the roof kept caving in and by August the costs were in excess of a million pounds.
Linley was never completed and was an embarrassment to the RAF. It was downgraded and opened in October 1942 as a surface depot and used only to store obsolete bombs and empty bomb cases.​


Until recently the site was used by cave divers, however this activity ceased a couple of years ago when the owners installed a security fence around the site.

Due to the flooding of the caverns not much exploring can be done without diving gear, we could only access the entrance, highlighted in red on the map of the site.

I apologise in advance for the poor quality of the photos, these are the few I managed to salvage. I had forgotten my tripod and had no luck trying to illuminate the cave with my flash or torch.

Map of the site




Cave entrance right hand side


Cave entrance left hand side


Cave exit

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