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Cow Shed Cave

Entrance of Cow Shed Cave


500m SE of Dove Holes Swallet, 125m east of Longedge Lane at the SE corner of a plantation. Artificial 'cave' called an 'Ess House', excavated from solidified limekiln waste heaps by limekiln workers in the 19th century and used as accommodation.


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Brooks, S. (2022), "When is a cave not a cave? When its an Ess House", Descent No. 286, pp 26-27, Wild Places Publishing