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Tilly Whim Caves

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The "caves" are actually old limestone quarries which were worked in the 18th century.The odd name was probably derived from a quarry man called Tilly and the type of crane used called a Whim. Portland limestone was exracted from Tilly where the quarry men mined horizontally into the cliff face. The stone was split into manageable blocks which were then lowered onto boats and taken to nearby Swanage. The stone was used extensively in the Napoleonic wars to build fortification along the south coast. However after the wars the demand for the stone declined and the caves were used by smugglers to ply their trade. The caves are situated on the South West Coast Path in Dorset.

Tags: Photo journalism Cliffs Dorset Caves South West Coast Path

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xwang 10 56 8
15 Sep 2017 4:45PM
Interesting history.. Thanks.Grin

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Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2017 5:19PM
Good informative write up and a fine image presented...
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Daisymaye 10 23 16 Canada
15 Sep 2017 8:42PM
Very interesting and would be fun to explore.
15 Sep 2017 10:34PM
Great write up and image..Lin

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