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Deep Underground

Going underground...

Entrance to Wookey Hole Caves
Entrance to Wookey Hole Caves
Henry Savory (far right) at Eastwater Cavern in 1912
Henry Savory (far right) at Eastwater Cavern in 1912

Hidden beneath the surface of the rolling Mendip hills lie layers of Carboniferous Limestone, laid down over 320 million years ago.

The Mendip’s hidden caves, caverns and gorges have always attracted explorers.

In the early 1900s Harry Savory battled through tight cave systems by candlelight and carrying bulky camera equipment to photograph caves under the Mendip hills.

Starting in 1932 a series of cave dives at Wookey Hole Caves have revealed caverns inhabited for over 70,000 years and put the Mendips on the tourist map.

 

Images: WELLS MUSEUM 5-OO4,JPG,  1995-6-717.  DHC 1996.146.0223a.jpg.

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