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!