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Village Lunch Visit to Chislehurst Caves

20th February 2020

 We were shown round by Geoff, an American from Texas who tried to scare us with stories of Ghosts and noises of bombs as we walked part of the twenty two mile cave system. We held lanterns and kept close together for fear of being left behind in the dark. During the war the caves sheltered thousands of Londoners who paid £5 a week for their accommodation but most of all for their safety. In one small cave Geoff said that thirty odd people slept in bunk beds. All lights had to be out from 10 p.m. till 6 a.m. the following morning. When he turned off his torch we realised how terrifying this could be. The Caves were set up like a small village with its own hospital and Chapel. There was even a dentist, let's hope his lamp didn't go out in the middle of treatment! 

We all came out safely and made our way to The Tigers Head which provided us all with good hot meals on the very cold, wet day, Thank you to Eileen Veal for suggesting this very enjoyable visit.
Pauline Dawson

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