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Monday, June 02, 2008

Tunnel Road Caves, Reigate

The majority of the caves in Reigate were originally dug as mines for silver sand. There were many miles of caverns but a large number have been filled in to prevent the growing town collapsing into them. A section of caves which are still accessible are located East and West of Tunnel Road. The Tunnel Road Caves were used during WW2 as shelters due to their depth and close proximity to the centre of Reigate. The East caverns still have a number of items left from the war, including signs, graffiti and toilet facilities and in many places are supported by brick arches. The West tunnels remain pretty much as the miners left them: a labyrinth of unsupported caves. quite large and cavernous in places. Parts of the West Caves were used as a shooting range and other parts as wine vaults.

Both sets of tunnels are generally closed to the public, but opened by the Wealden Cave & Mine Society on certain days.

Plan of the two sets of tunnels, with the road in the middle

Tunnel Road, with the entrances to the caves on the left and right

This cave was clearly later used as a wine store

Entrance to the East Caves, WW2 door still in place

Lots of old bottles near the entrance

WW2 signs in one of the tunnels

One of the main passages

Urinal still in place

Steps down to another section

Further in...

Brick arch supports

Wider tunnel with more brick supports

Just inside the Western tunnels

Further in...

Graffiti on one of the walls

This section has been dug recently to access another part of the caves

Caverns of the mine

Another view
Wall covered in graffiti of various ages


Anonymous said...

very interesting. We did not know the existence of it. Thank you for putting it on your blog.
Meim and Peip xxx xxx

Anonymous said...

Thank-you VERY much especially the DETAILED plan which shows several parts of the network now blocked up and inacessible eg the old rifle range. When we lived in Rerigate one of the gunsmen most kindly let me and my Father into that part of it when we banged on the door late one evening in about 1978 and even showed us round! I printed off the plan and resized it to full size A4 and played about with the contrast etc; But the resolution through the internet is pretty poor- can't read all the writing on it. Any chance of a full size A4 decent resolution copy if I send you a stamped addressed envelope and pay any of your other costs?

Colin G said...

Sorry, the plan was on the wall on the open day, so this is just a photo of it, and I don't have a clearer version.

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