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Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« on: November 15, 2019, 11:26:18 am »
What are the funniest or most bizarre cave names we have?
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2019, 11:35:18 am »
off the top of my head....

Lady Blue's Underwater Fantacy
Beelzebub's Hairy Ringpiece
Knacker Trapper Hole

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2019, 11:42:33 am »
Paracetem 'ole

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2019, 12:03:03 pm »
The Pot With No Name .

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2019, 12:25:38 pm »
Footnaws Hole.

If you don't get it, try it with a Yorkshire accent. What's it called? Footnaws.

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2019, 12:29:39 pm »
Ftfagos (actually, it's very well named).
Pay Sank (very clever)
Boggart's Roaring Hole (a bit of imaginative Victorian hyperbole by Balderstone)
Any Welsh cave without proper vowells (e.g. Pwll Y Gwynt and Cym Dwr)

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2019, 12:51:11 pm »
Paracetem 'ole

I should have added this was near the pre-existing 'Hangover Hole'

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2019, 12:59:01 pm »
Catamite Hole!
You see that Taxus baccata.........that's Yew that is........

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2019, 02:32:00 pm »
Paracetem 'ole

I should have added this was near the pre-existing 'Hangover Hole'


And when we found a little cave with voice and sight connection (but sadly, not body sized) to Hangover Hole, we called it 'Sober Connection' as we hadn't been to the pub!

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2019, 02:53:00 pm »
FOUL pot.....

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2019, 03:02:33 pm »
Bizarre?  'Starting Handle Hole'  :)

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2019, 05:31:52 pm »
Legalised Pot
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2019, 06:44:12 pm »
In Northumberland, there's Seagull's Welly Pot. So named because a used condom was found in the same shakehole, and in these parts such things are known as seagull's wellies.
This inspired the frankly ridiculous name, Archbishop Pyrenean Desman Tutu's Welly Pot, for another cave nearby.
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2019, 08:55:28 pm »
Footnaws Hole.

If you don't get it, try it with a Yorkshire accent. What's it called? Footnaws.

I was of the understanding this was a polite interpretation of “Foot and Arse” the name of the field it was in / near.

I would be interested to know for sure as it is something I occasionally tell grown up groups I take caving.

Pitlamp ? Langcliffe ? Anyone ?

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2019, 09:23:41 pm »
As I understood it in the early days before water tracing made the connections clear ,
when anybody asked where the water came from and went to,they always got the answer .

Footnaws  ;D





 

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2019, 10:57:23 pm »
This offers both explanations for Footnaw's:
http://oldfieldslimestone.blogspot.com/2013/04/turn-dub-and-footnaws-hole-windows-into.html
but Red Rose provide Ian's answer:
http://www.rrcpc.org.uk/newsletters/NL_V47_N2_A1.htm
& it is on the 1851 & 1896 OS:
https://maps.nls.uk/view/102344497

Starting handle - it's what they found there...

On the subject of "Desman" Tutu:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19260705

An essential reference for this sort of thing down south (but better the 2nd edition):
https://stellabooks.com/books/richard-witcombe/who-was-aveline-anyway/2112226
« Last Edit: November 15, 2019, 11:22:54 pm by mikem »

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2019, 11:44:47 pm »
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We have "Butch's Arse"

It's on Mendip, in Wigmore Swallet
so the story goes, Alan Butcher (SMCC, Dinosaur, etc.) expressed the opinion on the 15 year long dig at Wigmore - "that cave will never go, as long as I have a hole in my arse... ":D  :D  :D  :D
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2019, 09:06:59 am »
Ftfagos (actually, it's very well named).
Pay Sank (very clever)
Boggart's Roaring Hole (a bit of imaginative Victorian hyperbole by Balderstone)
Any Welsh cave without proper vowells (e.g. Pwll Y Gwynt and Cym Dwr)

Cym Dwr?

Is that anywhere near Cwm Dŵr?

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2019, 10:32:34 am »
"Bucket On The Head" always amuses me....
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2019, 05:38:01 pm »
Any Welsh cave without proper vowells (e.g. Pwll Y Gwynt and Cym Dwr)
Cym Dwr?
Is that anywhere near Cwm Dŵr?
Talking of Welsh classics, how about Dany Bog Off?
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2019, 05:56:30 pm »
Cym Dwr?

Is that anywhere near Cwm Dŵr?
Could be summat to do with Dwr Cymru...

& Inferus seems to be mixin' his R'n'B!

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2019, 12:42:22 am »
Nancy Camel's Hole.

No sn-wording at the back.

It's a bit Witchy.

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2019, 08:29:56 am »
I was of the understanding this was a polite interpretation of “Foot and Arse” the name of the field it was in / near.

I can't help you, I'm afraid. I'm not local enough to know the field names.

I do know that it's not a very recent name. William Stott Banks refers to it in his 1866 book Walks in Yorkshire, in which he conjectures that it is associated with the Alum Pot water.

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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2019, 09:55:53 am »
From the 2010 Journal of the North Craven Heritage Trust...

"Then a few months ago I came across a map of land at Selside, the properties of Messrs Ayrton and Foster in 1868. The field lying immediately to the north of Footnaws Hole is called, rather surpisingly, Foot and Arse. The name is written on the map in the field, all 5 acres and 12 perches of it, and also in the list of fields belong to J.W.Foster, so there is no mistake. If you try to say that field name in a local accent, you will see how it was possible that the refined gentlemen who made the first Ordnance Survey map arrived at the name Footnaws. Why the field should have the name shown on the 1868 map is as yet unexplained. "
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Re: Cave Names - bizarre and funny ones
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2019, 10:55:46 am »
& Inferus seems to be mixin' his R'n'B!
I'm not mixing anything, I was playing an original from the late 80s by the NCC (I had to get the book out for those finer details!) on Parck Fell.. ::)
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