University of Bristol Spelæological Society

Waterwheel Swallet, Charterhouse-on-Mendip (UBSS Proceedings v.18(1))

Proceedings » Volume 18 » Sub-volume 1

Stanton,W.I., 1987. Waterwheel Swallet, Charterhouse-on-Mendip. UBSS Proceedings, 18(1) , pp 3-19 Download PDF.

Abstract: A wide range of techniques was used to open up this small cave, 240 m long and 56 m deep, in the course of a dig lasting 9 years. Two sumps were removed, but the main obstacles to progress were massive deposits of mud tailings generated by Roman to 19th century lead working in the Blackmoor valley. The Mendip Hills Mining Company set up a waterfall in the entrance rift and, when the wheel became redundant, disposed of mud tailings into the swallet. Mudflows of mobilised tailings surged down the cave during this period.

Search options

Browse Proceedings or Search Proceedings

Upcoming Events

21st Apr 2018:
Rescue training weekend

View all events

All material on this site is © The University of Bristol Spelaeological Society. Webmasters should feel free to link to any part of this site; however before any re-use of material from this site in any other published form, electronic or printed, permission must be granted by the Society. We aim to allow reasonable re-use, however, we do not have sole rights ourselves for everything here. For all enquiries please contact the editor
WAI-AA (Accessibility notes) | Copyright © | © UBSS 1919 - 2018