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Graham's Grovel

August 18, 2008 4:40 PM
Graham's Grovel

An old stone quarry haulage way running from the converted ammunition depot of area of Monkton Farleigh through to the old abandoned stone workings of Browns Folly Mine.

Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire, United Kingdom


Grid Reference: ST796660


Full Access

Full access as part of Browns Folly mine but the Monkton Farleigh end is now likely to be blocked as it leads into a storage company's underground storage area.


Last Updated: July 19, 2017 3:45 PM

Graham's Grovel History

From behind the district 20 fan chamber an old stone quarry adit runs off into the old workings below Browns Folly Mine. This tunnel was sealed off in 1943, but in 1989 the owners of Monkton Farleigh at the time broke into it to photograph it. They had to break through a 4' thick concrete wall to get into the tunnel. For most of its length it is clear, but the last two hundred feet or so is packed full of backfill, and it took nearly two years to dig through into the extensive old workings beyond.

During construction of the ammunition depot this was the only way into 20 District, but it became redundant when the 19/20 drift was excavated.

Graham's Grovel Connects Two Quarries

  • Browns Folly Mine

    August 18, 2008 11:57 PM

    Browns Folly Mine is an average sized Bath Stone quarry which was originally part of Monkton Farleigh Mine however when the War Department converted part of the quarry in to an ammunitions store they separated part of the quarry which is the area now known as Browns Folly.

  • Monkton Farleigh Mine

    March 20, 2017 1:57 PM

    This former Bath stone quarry was converted in to a sub-depot of the Central Ammunitions Depot. The site consists of two areas, the main storage area - districts 12 to 18 and connect via a drift, districts 19 and 20. Each storage district was divided up in to numbered storage bays, passage ways were fitted with conveyor to transport crates of ammunition around the mine.


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