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Underground in Surrey

Peter Burgess

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If you are passing through the area with some time on your hands, get in touch, and we can oblige with a trip to one of the mines in the district.  :)
 

Brains

Well-known member
I can vouch for that, earlier this week business took me to London and I managed to meet up with Peter for a trip round Godstone Main Series on Wednesday evening. I am no photographer but there are a few snaps to give a flavour at

http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/mines/Godstone-Main-Series_1014/Godstone-Main-Series.asp

Apparently there are several different mines / quarries with 10's of km (possibly 100's?!) of passage to go at with plenty of associated history.
Once again, thanks for the tour Peter, and hopefully next time I am down in London we will be able to look at some more!
Right, meetings over I am off to play in the traffic on the M25, M40, M42, M6 Toll and M6. Sholud be an excellent evening entertainment!
 
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Limestone_Cowboy

Guest
Hi Pete,

Can you tell me roughly where in Surrey the mines are. I am often down in Surrey near Oxshott and Cobham and may be interested in a couple of trips at some point.

Nick
 

AndyF

New member
There is quite a good book on this area, which I've got somewhere "Kent and East Sussex underground" IIRC.

There are all sorts of bits down there, dene holes, war bunkers, chalk and potash mines, fullers earth mines (whatever that is)...

I had  a visit to Ashford gypsum mines once, quite amazing.....
 

Peter Burgess

New member
There is quite a good book on this area, which I've got somewhere "Kent and East Sussex underground"

Yes it is a good book, published by Kent Underground Research Group, but it doesn't cover Surrey!

No Potash mines, but there was coal, and the gypsum mine was probably Brightling. Did you get driven around it in a Landrover?


 

AndyF

New member
Peter Burgess said:
There is quite a good book on this area, which I've got somewhere "Kent and East Sussex underground"

Yes it is a good book, published by Kent Underground Research Group, but it doesn't cover Surrey!

No Potash mines, but there was coal, and the gypsum mine was probably Brightling. Did you get driven around it in a Landrover?

Yes, that was it - driven in a Lany..  It was scarry in the pillar and stall - you could hear all these big loaders moving around, but couldn't tell where they were coming from. A bit like "Alien" in the air ducts... :eek:
 

Peter Burgess

New member
I think the Kent and East Sussex underground book has more or less gone out of print now. However, you can effectively read it online at www.kurg.org.uk  :coffee:

Look at the list of links on the home page under "Underground Features".



 

Roger W

Well-known member
Peter Burgess said:
I think the Kent and East Sussex underground book has more or less gone out of print now. However, you can effectively read it online at www.kurg.org.uk  :coffee:

Look at the list of links on the home page under "Underground Features".

Yo!  Fascinating site!    :clap:
 
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Limestone_Cowboy

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Thanks for all the useful info guys. The website is really interesting. I'll let you know if i'm down that way and we can see about a trip.

Nick
 
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