Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Castle Rock Caves - Nottingham

Mortimer’s Hole is probably Nottingham’s most famous cave, and is reputed to have a vital role in British medieval history. The cave is a 105m-long tunnel which runs from the top of the Castle Rock - the Upper Bailey of the medieval castle - down to the Brewhouse Yard. In the middle ages the River Leen ran close to the bottom of the Castle Rock, and Mortimer’s Hole would have probably been used as a quick route from the river to the Castle. It is most reknowned as the tunnel through which Edward III’s soldiers entered the Castle and captured the dastardly Roger de Mortimer in 1330.

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