Stephen Liddell

Many people know of the city of Nottingham for its folklore of Robin Hood, Little John and the rest of the Merry Men who lived in Sherwood Forest stealing from the rich to give to the poor whilst evading the tyrannical Sheriff.

What you might not know is that the city of Nottingham which sits above ground is mirrored by a secret city underground composed of a network of 549 (known) caves.  These caves are all man-made, as the ground underneath the city is made up of sandstone, which the local population long ago discovered could be easily dug into.

Screenshot 2020-06-18 at 17.00.54Underneath the city of Nottingham

The Anglo-Saxon writer Asser referred to Nottingham as Tigguocobauc = “the house of caves” and some of the caves date back over a thousand years. During the Middle Ages, some of the caves served as a tannery, chapel, kilns for malt and pottery and a secret…

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