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12 February 2011 @ 09:28 pm
Nottingham Caves Survey  
I was discussing the other day, I think with some of the Primeval folk, how almost every city built on or near sandstone (and in some cases some rather less likely rock) seems to have had a positive honeycomb of tunnels burrowed out underneath it by the resourceful inhabitants.

When we moved to Nottingham we went on the tourist trail around Nottingham's Cave system (The Western Caves which you entered via a shopping centre). These had been used as air raid shelters during WWII but went back a lot further than that and included a medieval tannery among other things. I was interested therefore when wellinghall forwarded me a link to the Nottingham Caves Survey which is attempting to create 3D maps of all the tunnels under the city. They're doing this using a 3D laser scanner which just shows how technology has moved on. I recall B. publishing an article (Sellers WI, Chamberlain AT. Echoing the Bats. Discovering Archaeology. 1999 2:94-96.) just after we were married on mapping cave systems using ultrasound and the images he produced then are very reminisicent of the modern laser scanner images, only less detailed.

Mortimer's Hole from the outside

Map of the Tunnel from Mortimer's hole up to the Castle

The Cave System being Ye Olde Jerusalem Inn which claims to be the oldest pub in England (est. 1189)

According to the website other caves have, in their time, been used as a butcher's shop and malt kiln as well as the more usual storage and incarceration purposes.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/34676.html.
lukadreaminglukadreaming on February 12th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
I've been to that pub! Trying to conduct a meeting there with the two mad co-editors on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas was not my idea of fun *g*.

*Scuttles off to read B's paper*
louisedennislouisedennis on February 13th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Kept meaning to go the pub but somehow we never made it, nor did we visit the Castle ever. It seems incredible now that we spent five years in the city. We've probably seen more of Manchester but then, of course, we have children now, and they force you to get out and visit things.
wellinghallwellinghall on February 13th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link - I shall check it out directly.
louisedennislouisedennis on February 13th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
The link came from you in the first place! I wasn't trying to direct your attention to it.
wellinghallwellinghall on February 13th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
No, B's link :-)
Susanlil_shepherd on February 13th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
I went down Mortimer's hole more years ago than I care to remember. (I was seventeen.)
fififolle: Primeval - Connor *faints*fififolle on February 13th, 2011 11:12 am (UTC)
Wow. That's insane!! Awesome.
louisedennislouisedennis on February 13th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
You do vaguely get the impression of the residents of Nottingham all burrowing away throughout the centuries. I'm amazed the whole place doesn't collapse!
fififolle: Merlin BBC - Sir Leon candlesfififolle on February 13th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
The Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool felt like that!
louisedennislouisedennis on February 13th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
I must visit those sometime. It's silly to be in the same city several times a week and not check them out!
fififolle: Dresden Files - Magicfififolle on February 13th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh you so should! I forgot you were so close! I was blown away *g* But then I like things like that.