Sunday, January 25, 2009

Box Freestone Mine, Wiltshire

This mine has been worked over centuries (probably back to Roman times) and extends many miles. It is located in the village of Box, near Bath. It was used to extract limestone which was used to build many of the buildings in the local area and had military uses during WW2. Box is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, on account of the number of bat species which reside in the mine. There are many famous sites to see within Box Mine including the Cathedral (an open shaft to the surface) and the robots (a large number of bricks which people have taken to making into robots and other things).


Exploration of the mine is only recommended to experienced cavers with guides and maps. On this occasion, I visited with a group who had been in the mine a number of times before, and we spent a few hours trying to find the exit!

One entrance can be found in this quarry face

Close-up of the entrance

One of the passages

'The Cathedral'

'The Cathedral'

Another passage

The famous robots

More fun with bricks...

Inside one of the military tunnels

Reinforcement in the military section

9 Comments:

Anonymous Aaron said...

Wow i love shot 4 its pretty amazing looking would love to see this place =D
great one collin =D

10:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was in the cathedral 2 days ago with my friends

12:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The e man d man g man and s man was in the cathedral the other day man it was quality chedda man

1:05 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alway exploring around this place, found a new off shoot tunnel, bit of a sqeeze to get in to but it leads to further passage ways, came across a holding pen/ jail cell, also found tracks that carts run on and followed them up to a storage chamber, alot of old un marked wooden crates, also one of the tunnels led to chambers were we found plenty of old atifacts! These section. We found had clearly not been touched for some years, we got the feeling the had just been blocked up and forgot about, or maybe they are sections that were never recorded so time merely forgot. Awsome place if somewhat lonely!

12:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What entrance did u go in 2 get 2 that place

7:36 pm  
Blogger Colin G said...

We got the key from the Quarry Man's Arms, not sure which entrance it was though!

2:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How would some novice cavers/explorers gain access to this place?

I say novice but we are experienced cave divers so do this type of thing in drysuits lugging cylinders to breath from! lol

2:46 pm  
Blogger Colin G said...

You can get the key from the local pub, I think you hire it for £5. I'm not sure whether it's possible at the moment though as it's Bat Hibernation Season!

4:39 pm  
Blogger Matthew said...

I live local and know of 3 different entrances. If anyone wants to go down/ needs any info please find my facebook.com/mattjenkins1990

11:51 am  

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