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Hermitage Caves: Alchemy to host tours for the public

posted 27 Jun 2011, 06:57 by Unknown user
Sneinton's historic Hermitage Caves are very rarely open to the public, so it is with great pleasure that we announce that Sneinton Alchemy is hosting a caves tour on Wednesday 29th June 5-7pm. The tour will feature an informative talk by local historian Colin Haynes.

This is the description by Colin from Alchemy's 'Take a fresh look at Sneinton' publication: "The high stone wall along Sneinton Hermitage covers a sandstone cliff along which was a row of rock houses which became a local tourist attraction. They included a a coffee house and two pubs. Back rooms were carved in to the sandstone and used for businesses such as a dairy and a brewery. Around 1900 the frontages were removed to make way for railway expansion."

In the remaining caves, which the tour will explore..."a chimney and holes to support floor beams are still visible. Steps lead down to what may have been a brewery, and a dip well".

Previous open events have generated queues, so please get to the cave entrance on Sneinton Hermitage (near Lees Hill footway) in good time to avoid disappointment.

This event is part of the Sneinton Festival.