My youngest son and I exploring deep below the village of Box in Wiltshire. This chamber is known as the cathedral and marks a central spot within the labyrinth of passages that make up the vast underground stone quarry known as Box Freestone Quarry. The hole in the roof is where the stone was hauled up and out of the mine. If you travel far enough into this vast network you pass into other subterranean spaces with different names like, Tunnel Quarry, Spring Quarry, Brownstone Quarry and Sands Quarry. Parts of the underground down here were requisitioned by the MOD during wartime to create a place where ammunition, bombs, plane and tank parts could be manufactured away from the threat of the Luftwaffe bombing. After the war the military kept hold of the areas they had fenced off and continued to use them for storage and other secretive means. There are places where the rough passages give way to coils of razorwire, metal grilles and warning signs. The last time I went down there and approached one of the locked metal doors that marks the boundary of a military controlled area a loud alarm went off and an infrared camera recorded my movements. Since then, all the main entrances to the mines have been sealed up and there has been a lot of activity above ground in the military base. A real shame as it was a lot of fun exploring down there.
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