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Bemroses' Guide to Matlock ... , about 1869*
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Cumberland Cavern

Romantic Rocks, 1864

Royal Cumberland Cavern and Romantic Rocks.
Image Scan 2004 Ann Andrews

'These caverns are, for the most part, mostly excavated mines, which have been worked, from age to age, by successive generations from the olden time, when those mighty masters of the world, the ancient Romans, left the memorials of their power and skill in Britain - till their subterranean chambers ceased to yield a remuneration for the toil of the exploring labourers.'

'Messrs. Smedley's CUMBERLAND CAVERN is the oldest and, geologically considered, the most remarkable of these astonishing excavations; exhibiting singular cominations and wonderful contrasts, that cannot fail to impress the ordinary observer, and to perplex the conjectures of the studious.'

*'Bemroses' Guide to Matlock, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, &c' by John Hicklin, Third Edition, pub Bemrose and Sons, London (no date, but about 1869).
Reproduced here with the very kind permission and help of Sonia Addis Smith, whose book this is from.
OCRed and images scanned by Ann Andrews, 2001 - 2004.

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