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What lies beneath

Demon carving in Blackheath Cavern

On 18th Feb at 7.30pm in the Bakehouse there’s a talk about what lies beneath Greenwich.  Anthony Durham on Greenwich Underground – more interesting than on top.  There’s not much more information to go on at the  moment at the Greenwich Industrial History blog, but hopefully it will go into the many mysterious things beneath the heath.

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Was Blackheath Cavern a chalk mine?

Blackheath Cavern Guide To Knowledge 1833 via Subterranean Greenwich and Kent
More from Subterranean Greenwich and Kent, on the exact nature of the Blackheath Cavern.

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Cave Map overlaid on Google Earth

Blackheath Caverns map overlaid on Google Earth
UPDATE: Several people pointed out that the map was oriented wrongly. I think I’ve corrected it now, but please feel free to correct it yourself (.kmz file), and send me a more accurate version! Incorrect version was here.

Here’s the map of the Blackheath Cavern from 1946 (mentioned in the previous post) overlaid onto Google Earth. I couldn’t work out how to get it into Google Maps unfortunately. Zoomed out version below (old map is in the top left corner, village is at the bottom).

Blackheath Map of Caverns from 1946 overlaid on google earth


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Map of caves beneath Blackheath from 1946

Blackheath Caves Craske Report from 1946 found by Subterranean Greenwich and Kent

Brilliant find by Subterranean Greenwich and Kent – an old document precisely defining where the caves are beneath Blackheath.


Here’s the full text from the scans, OCR’d using Google Docs, then tidied up by me (apologies for any typos):

On June 29th, 1946, a large number of members of the Society availed themselves of a unique opportunity of inspecting the Blackheath Cavern. The advisability of closing the shaft, excavated in 1940 with the object of re-discovering the Cavern, had been under discussion by the Greenwich Borough Council, and it had been decided that the time had arrived for this to be done. A final inspection by members of the Council had been arranged, Continue reading


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The Blackheath Code

Well, that didn’t take long! The secret code that I posted:


…a couple of days ago has already been cracked by Jo.

To see how to crack it, read the full post below.

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