Morecambe Rock & Pot Club





Reading Jim Newton’s account of the early explorations in Back Lane Quarry Cave reminded our librarian Sandra Wilkinson of a couple of articles she encountered whilst cataloguing some very early “British Caver” Journals which had recently been donated to the club library. Jim Newton of course commenced his caving in the early 1950’s with the Morecambe Rock & Pot Club before joining the Red Rose.


The first item reports the formation of the new club in 1951.


*** Formation of the “MORECAMBE ROCK & POT CLUB”

A feature of the Club is the youthfulness of its members, whose ages range from 16 to 23.

The aims of the club is “to promote interest in pot-holing and climbing, & encourage a spirit of adventure among its members working as a team”

The members are drawn from Morecambe, Lancaster & the outlying districts, and we operate in the Ingleborough – Peny Ghent, Whernside area.

Secretary:- B.Parkin, Enyton Road, Morecambe Lancs.  ”” 


*** Extracted from British Caver Vol. 22  (1951)  p22-23.


The second item of interest is entitled:-


 *** ““RUTHVEN REPORTS – Being some activities of the Morecombe Rock & Pot Club by their Chairman:-“”


One of our members, Patrick Hanson, Descended DUNALD MILL HOLE at Nether Kellet, one day in early July, with a very determined look in his eye, and a hammer and chisel in his pocket. The result was an entry into a small dome shaped chamber, about 10 ft. in diameter and 8 ft. high,  containing a floor of calcit gours with a few gypsum flowers in one corner. Other excavations in the same cave, based on Norbert Casteret’s theory that every siphon pool has a by-pass, have been showing great promise, a silted up passage having been entered, which shows great promise for the future.


Another cave, of no-little interest has been discovered near Carnforth. A single entrance leads to two passages, one upstream, one downstream. Both passages are very wet, there being some 2ft. of water with as much mud beneath. Added to this, the roof is low all the way, so it is certainly no joy. Two small chambers are included in the upstream section which ends in a siphon pool where the water is 6ft. deep. Total length just under 100yds.”


*** Extracted from British Caver Vol. 23  (1952)  p14 & 16.


The second article should be of great interest to devotees of Back Lane Quarry Cave as it seems more than likely that this description is of that cave. and… Who was Ruthven? and note the spelling of Morecambe.


Patrick Hanson seems to have held a similar interests to our own Jim Newton, and it makes me chuckle to wonder now where Jim got his enthusiasm for hammer and chisels    and his now infamous bar.


Mel Wilkinson