RRCPC Newsletter
Volume 45 Number 4 Article 9

October 2008

Club Library: From the Archives - 1950

Mel Wilkinson

The club library is probably better known for its vast collection of caving and other related books, club journals and surveys. There is however an ever growing “Archive Section” where old documents and diaries of earlier years caving activity can be found. With the death last year of Ron Bliss the library acquired many new items to this section. Now that these have been catalogued I thought it would be interesting to publish over a period of time some of its lesser known items.

One interesting item is correspondence between the then British Speleological Association (BSA) and the Red Rose relating to access to Lancaster Hole. The Club was at that time denied access to this pothole, then a new discovery, unless they had been issued with a permit by Eli Simpson. It was this unrestricted access which had led earlier to many northern cavers leaving the BSA and their subsequent formation in 1946 of the Red Rose Cave and Pothole Club and the Northern Pennine Club.

BSA had at that time taken out a lease on the entrance to Lancaster Hole from the landowner and had installed a locked steel lid on the entrance, the remains of which can still be seen today.

This lid had on several occasions been “blown” off by “persons unknown” to gain access to the cave, and it was this “unauthorized access” which led to these letters.

The first letter in May 1950, is from Eli Simpson Hon. Recorder of the BSA to our then Hon. Secretary Wilfred Taylor of Wilf. Taylors Passage fame.

A second letter followed in June 1950 from solicitors acting on behalf of the BSA to George Cornes, who was discoverer of Lancaster Hole back in 1946.

I’m not sure what if any replies were ever received from the parties involved but the subsequent discovery of passages from Oxford Pot and other entrances in Easegill beck directly to Lancaster Hole and beyond meant that the lease on the entrance to Lancaster Hole was then useless in restricting access to the cave.

The rest as they say is history……..

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Club Library:

. . . . . Recent Additions

* denotes donation

Sandra Wilkinson.

Books & Journals:

The Yorkshire Dales, Landscapes and Geology: Tony Waltham (2008)

Cave Conservation and Restoration:

Val Hildreth-Werker & Jim C. Werker (2006) National Speleological Society.

The Caves of North-East Wales - an introduction to (Flintshire and Denbighshire) (2008) Cris Ebbs

The Milwr Tunnel, Bagillt to Loggerheads second (colour ) edition 2008. Cris Ebbs

British Caving Association:

Newsletter No. 9 (May 2008)

British Caver:

* Vol. 123 (Spring 2000)

British Cave Research Association:

Newsletter No. 9 (May 2008)

Cave Radio & Electronics Group

- Journal No. 70 (March 2008)

British Mountaineering Council:

Summit 49 (Spring 2008)

Members Handbook (2008)

Cave Diving Group:

Newsletter Nos. 167 (April 2008)

Cave Rescue Organisation:

Rescue 2008

Cerberus Speleological Society:

*Journal: Vol. 8 Nos. 1-3, 5 (1978),

Vol. 9 Nos. 1, 4-6. (1979),

Vol. 10 Nos. 2-4, 6, (1980)

Vol. 11 Nos. 2, 4. (1981),

Vol. 13 No. 4. (1983),

Vol. 14 Nos. 3-5. (1984)

Vol. 22 No. 3. (1994)

Chelsea Speleological Society:

Newsletter: Vol. 50 No. 7 (July 2008)

Craven Pothole Club:

Record No. 91 (July 2008)

Croydon Caving Club:

*Pelobates: Nos 31-34 (1977)

Derbyshire Caver:

No. 128 (Spring 2008)

Descent Magazine:

No. 203 (August/September 2008)


Publicacio D'Espeleologia Federacio

Balear D'Espeleologia No.31(Nov 2007)


No. 32 (Octubre 1993)

Grampian Speleological Group:

Bulletin - fourth series Vol.3 No. 4

(March 2008)

Hong Meigui Cave Exploration Society:

Hong Meigui Yunnan Resurgenses 2004

Yunnan 2004 Joint Expedition Report

Mendip Caving Group:

*MCG News Nos. 82, 87, 99, 125, 134-138, 140-143, 145, 149, 151-166, 168, 170-172, 176-177, 183-191, 193-198, 201-202, 204-205, 207, 209-210, 216-217, 221, 240, 243, 260, 263, 269, 299. (Thanks to MCG for donations)

Oxford University Caving Club:

Proceedings No. 14 (2007)

The Silence and the Darkness

Societe Speleologique de Wallonie:

Regards No. 68 Speleo info (Mai 2008)


No. 58. Anno XXIX (Giugno 2008)

Wessex Cave Club:

*Journal: No. 168-170 Vol. 14. (1977)

Westminster Speleological Group:

Newsletter No. 2008/2 (April 2008),

2008/3 (July 2008)


Fight for Life: The Neil Moss Story - David Webb (2006)

A Tribute to Mike Wooding: Sid Perou


A Tribute to Giles Barker

- Andy Whitney(2007) - A collection of

Giles Barkers photographs

Frank Addis Slide Show (2007)

Photographs taken by Frank during his

surveying work in Ease Gill Caverns

during the 1980's

*The River Lune: A seasonal journey

from source to sea. (Ron Bliss)

*Lancaster Photographic Society visit

Ingleborough Cave (Ron Bliss)

Cave Surveys:

Easegill Caverns:

White Scar Caves:

Eli Simpson/T. Greenwood (1933-1934)

Boundary Pot - Ease Gill (1951)

Boundary Pot - Ease Gill (1949)

Ease Gill Caves - Ease Gill (1949)

Top Sink Pot - Ease Gill (1952)

Pool Sink - Ease Gill

(Preston Polytechnic Group)

Surprise Pot (Cyprus)

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