Mining UK Stone, Slate and Quarries Secret Underground Corsham

Secret Underground Corsham

Secret Underground Corsham
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Nick McCamley, Sb, 230 pp, 235mm x 156mm

This book was written to provide a comprehensive overview of the quite incredible subterranean world that lies beneath Corsham and the surrounding areas. A number of specialist books have been published over the previous decade or so by Folly Books, recording in words and pictures the detailed history of Corsham's underground infrastructure, including Derek Hawkins' Bath Stone Quarries, Nick Catford's Burlington and the current author's Secret Underground Cities and Second World War Secret Bunkers. This book, however, brings all of these previous tomes together into a single, easily digestible volume which, I hope, will be of interest to those readers who don't need to know all the financial intricacies of the Victorian quarrying companies, the engineering and geological difficulties encountered and overcome during the adaptation of many of the quarries for ammunition storage (and other purposes) during the Second World War, or the geo-political shenanigans and rampant paranoia that led to the construction of the Burlington bunker. What we have here is a good, overall history, profusely illustrated, of all the major features and developments of the Corsham quarries from the 1830s to the present day. Over the years many myths and urban legends have circulated regarding what exactly went on beneath Corsham - here the reader will discover that many of those legends were closer to the truth than they ever imagined.....

Corsham appears to be growing at an exponential rate, with new housing developments springing up like mushrooms overnight. With luck, this book will enlighten these new residents as to what lies beneath their feet and explain why, for instance, a monstrous concrete monolith looms menacingly over Copenacre Way, squatting in a sinister fashion beside the A4 western approach to the town.

A further reason for writing this book is that Derek Hawkins' Bath Stone Quarries and Nick Catford's Burlington are currently out of print and although a reprint is scheduled, the current vagaries of exchange rates and shipping delays mean that they may be some time coming. With luck, this book may stimulate sufficient interest for the reader to thirst for further knowledge, a thirst that in time Derek and Nick's books will quench.

The vast majority of the illustrations in this book, with the exception perhaps of those of Monkton Farleigh quarry, were taken by, or come from the collection of, Derek Hawkins, and in many ways this book is as much his work as it is mine, and for that reason I express my deep gratitude to him. Nick Catford too, has supplied me with some great photographs and, indeed, has always shown the greatest generosity in allowing the use of his photographs in other books published by Folly Books. Although almost all of the once highly secretive underground government facilities in the Corsham area are now long abandoned, a handful of small installations remain; although what goes on in them is supposed to be more-or-less secret their locations are not so secret but, as we have no photographs to illustrate them, they have been excluded from this book
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