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Architectural Heritage
Early print of Nottingham's caves
© Courtesy of Nottingham City Council Leisure and Community Service, Local Studies Library.
Going underground: City of Caves

Today the busy streets of Nottingham reveal few indications of the ancient structures hidden beneath the surface. Although above ground the city has lost its medieval buildings, hidden below lie an abundance of trade and domestic premises whose unique characteristics leant themselves to a variety of functions. In Nottingham there are more man-made caves than anywhere else in Britain.

These caves have been put to a variety of uses; medieval tannery, dwellings for the poor and more recently as air raid shelters.

Words: Paul Baker

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