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When I was a teenager I used to be mates with the landlord's son.( early 60's ) .The pub's cellars were part of the cave system under Nottm. and you could get as far as the cemetry on Forest Road East.

I expect the caves have all been bricked up by now. It was rumoured that the ones in the cemetry were used by "beatnicks".

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Did you go into the caves? If you did, did you go anything like the distance it is to the Forest Road Cemetery? I used to live next door to the Grosvenor and yes, there was a cellar there (probably still is) - as there were in the majority of Victorian properties but it wasn't, by any means, connected to any caves, as was rumoured.

I also lived at No 1 Second Avenue, Sherwood Rise. That, again, was rumoured to have a cellar which connected with The Lodge on Mansfield Road (the Greco-style building that used to be used as a toolshed for the Forest/Rock Cemetery groundsmen). Yes, it did have a cellar but no, it didn't link anywhere. It was just a dank cellar in a Victorian townhouse.

During that period, I worked on Gregory Boulevard at, what is now Page & Kirk. At that time the site was a research station comprising two Victorian/Edwardian/(possibly Georgian) townhouses with a 1950's monstrosity linking them. Viewed on Google SV, the house on the left was/is Thorneywood and on the right, Thistlebank. Thorneywood has/had an extensive cellar which I explored thoroughly but there were no indications of there ever being any caves or links to anywhere else, even though the building itself looked out on The Forest.

 

I am interested to know more about these tunnels and caves in that area. I have heard lots of stories and anecdotes but not heard from anyone who has had experience of seeing or entering (and travelling the length) of any "secret" tunnels. I know there are numerous ex-commercial/obsolete railway tunnels but these are something different.

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Hi Jonab

 I do remember going along a sandstone passage for  a short while; however, my friend could have exaggerated the extent of the passage! 

Just out of interest, my first home in Nottm. was in Third Avenue in 1956.

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There are extensive tunnel systems all over Nottm, including a rather large one to the right of Mansfield Rd as you run down into town but I know nothing of the ones mentioned here.

 

There was quite an extensive one entered from the cellar of a house on Nottingham Rd Daybrook. If you remember at the Nottingham Rd side of Daybrook brewery there was a row of Victorian terrace houses it was in the last one of these nearest to Arnold.

 

I worked there for EMGAS during the early 60s, went into the cellar to check the meter and saw another door beyond which was a further flight of stairs leading downwards, the occupant told me these lead down to a tunnel, so I grabbed my torch and went for a look. I went some 50-100 yards in and then turned back but it was obvious that it continued on.

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