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Visited caves made only from sand!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

We visited Reigate Caves yesterday, they are only open a few days a year to protect them.

Nothing of them is natural, they where sand mines in the past, started in the 17th Century, of fine white sand, used in glass making etc.

So all the walls are just sand, and are soft.... as in we are told to not touch as they just wipe away!! Little strange concept knowing that all thats holding the whole cave up was the moisture in the sands!

Some places have been shored with brick as it was used as an Air Raid shelter, with bunks, toilets and so on in the 2nd WW, and some places further helped to allow the place to be used now according to Council standards!

The "graffiti" was really interesting, the oldest date carved was 1664, there was a cartoon of Hitler, lots of faces, skulls and crossbones, and more modern dates as well.

We had a really interesting day! The caves are now closed until next year, as one part has a few bats that hibernate, so not allowed to be disturbed!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HONEYMUFFIN1923 8/19/2012 1:29AM

    That is so cool.

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LIBELULITA 8/18/2012 5:26AM

    Wow....I never heard of these caves at all! Fascinating!! emoticon

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KATHYJO56 8/15/2012 1:51PM

    I am happy that you had a chance to visit those caves. I have heard of them, but could never picture them until you painted a great description of them. emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 8/15/2012 6:58AM

    What a cool place to go and visit.

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ROCKMAN6797 8/14/2012 7:16PM

    What an interesting place!
Thanks for sharing the link!

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NORASPAT 8/12/2012 9:53PM

    POOKIE that is so cvool. I am surprised my brother never mantioned them. he is a writer and he walks and bikes every where No car. Now he is happy he has a bus pass. I was happy to find one of his books in my library in Mainer, I will haver an excuse to send hims osme mail, he writes books but not to me. Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon Adventure!!!

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KICK-SS 8/12/2012 9:27PM

    Absolutely Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

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KADYSMOM11 8/12/2012 5:16PM

    wow! never heard of those caves! emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 8/12/2012 2:30PM

    very cool, i love history!!

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VW_STEPH 8/12/2012 1:43PM

    Wow - very interesting! My Mum would LOVE this!! x

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/12/2012 11:10AM

    Very interesting

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/12/2012 10:42AM

    Sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing!

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LADYJAKE1 8/12/2012 10:38AM

    Where are they?

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POLSKARENIA 8/12/2012 10:30AM

    Sounds like an interesting place to visit! Great!!

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HARMONIUM 8/12/2012 10:13AM

    How fascinating! I did not know about them before, so I looked them up on the Internet and also looked up images. What a great time you must have had.

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SIRENSONGS 8/12/2012 10:00AM

    Wow! Very cool!

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BOOKWORM27S 8/12/2012 9:10AM

    Great link, love history! What a neat place to visit.

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DMF2012 8/12/2012 9:00AM

    Cool - where was this?

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CAMEOANDLACE 8/12/2012 8:53AM

    Interesting. Never heard of them

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NEW-CAZ 8/12/2012 8:48AM

    Amazing, what a fab day out!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 8/12/2012 8:46AM

    Sounds like a great variety of history in one place with the mines and the shelters.

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CORTNEY-LEE 8/12/2012 8:43AM

    they sound really awesome!

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BAZNCAZ 8/12/2012 8:34AM

    SOUNDS A SUPER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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KITT52 8/12/2012 8:32AM

    wow sounds really interesting....

thanks for the link too, I am sharing with BIL today, he will love this

Comment edited on: 8/12/2012 8:33:53 AM

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JUDYAMK 8/12/2012 8:29AM

    Thank you so much for posting. I love History. The site you posted for us to go on is awesome ,so after work today I will spend time on my porch reading it all.

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    Wow, too cool!

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