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The Caves of Mendip

    Naturevolume 120page79 (1927) | Download Citation

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    IN this little book, which forms one of a Somerset Folk Series, the author, whose work in cave exploration has long been so well known in the west of England, gives a fascinating account of what he terms elsewhere the ‘Netherworld of Mendip.’ Some of the adventures described, such as those in the Lamb Lair, Harptree, and in Eastwater Swallet, show that cave exploration may afford all the risks of mountaineering with the additional possibilities of getting drowned or wedged in a narrow passage. An impressive point is the evidence given of the existence of vast caves which have never yet been reached. The cave to which most space is allotted is naturally Wookey Hole, and a few illustrations of the remains left by its Palaeolithic and later inhabitants are reproduced from the author's larger work on the subject. Other illustrations are from photographs by Mr. J. H. Savory, to whose keenness and skill all Somerset speleologists owe so much. The author points out that much work is in progress or remains to be done on the caves of the Mendips, and in this connexion allusion may be made to the admirable work carried out since the War by the Spelseological Society of the University of Bristol.

    The Caves of Mendip.

    H. E.

    Balch

    By. (The Somerset Folk Series, No. 16.) Pp. 82 + 18 plates. (London: Folk Press, Ltd., 1926.) 2s. net.

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