Welcome to the Mendip Cave Registry and Archive's on-line collection of caving log books and publications.

On this site you will find several complete photographic records of caving log books from clubs and individuals. The contents of these books have been freely released to the general community by their authors for reference and interest.

Also in this collection are photographic and electronic versions of historic caving club journals, newsletters, publications and other materials.

The site is organised into folders, within which are thumbnail images of the pages in the original log book. Click a thumbnail to view a larger version of the page.

Note: Copyright for the text and pictures in these log books and publications remains with their original authors. The Mendip Cave Registry and Archive takes no responsibility for errors or misinformation contained within these materials, nor will it be liable for any offence taken or injury caused.

To conserve space the images available here are generally reduced in both size and quality from the original scans. If you require access to the higher resolution versions please get in touch with the MCRA.

ATLAS
ATLAS (!)

Digging logs from the Association of Thrupe Lane Advanced Speleologists at various sites between 1990 and 2002 are available for download as PDFs from the links below: DigCommenced Ended Pages Eighteen Acre 13 Oct 1993 9 Apr 1997 8 Cairo Shaft 16 Oct 1997 29 Nov 1997 1 Clay Holes 11 Jun 1994 30 Sep 1995 4 Cook's Wood Quarry Cave 31 Mar 1996 31 Mar 1996 1 Dave Mitchell's Dig 19 Apr 1997# 21 Oct 1998 10 Frog Pot 17 Sep 1997 30 Dec 1998 8 His Lordship's Hole 16 Jan 1999 27 Jan 1999 1 Honeymead Hole 27 Apr 1996 16 Apr 1997 25 Little Crapnell Swallet 29 Apr 1995 17 Dec 1995 16 Longwood Valley Sink 3 Jan 1993 11 Dec 1994 11 Rushy Ground Swallet 5 Oct 1994 10 May 1995 3 Thrupe Swallet 5 Dec 1999 20 Feb 2002 24 Viaduct Sink 1 Jul 1990 26 Nov 1995 15

# - earlier digs recorded from 4 Feb 1962

Digging logs from 2002 onwards are available on this site in the Digging Log Archives folder.

In addition, photographed log books for Viaduct Sink, Longwood Valley Sink and the Thrupe Lane Swallet Bleak Hall dig are available below.

Alan Gray
Alan Gray (!)
An index spreadsheet (XLS) is available.
Alan Mills
Alan Mills
An index spreadsheet (XLS) is available.
Axbridge Caving Group Logbooks 1960 - 2005
Axbridge Caving Group Logbooks 1960 - 2005 (!)
The log book collection of the Axbridge Caving Group. Also available for download is a full index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) of the individual cave sites mentioned in each volume.
Axbridge Caving Group Publications 1950 - 2014
Axbridge Caving Group Publications 1950 - 2014 (!)
Publications of the Axbridge Caving Group. A publications list and full index spreadsheet are available.
BEC Caving Log Books 1943-1999
BEC St Cuthberts Swallet Log Books
BEC St Cuthberts Swallet Log Books (!)
St. Cuthbert's Swallet log books. Log BookFromToPages SC-19698 Nov 19698 Jul 197288 SC-197214 Jul 197231 Dec 19728 SC-19732 Jan 197321 Apr 197650 SC-19769 May 19768 Jun 1980101 SC-19808 Jun 198031 Jul 1993254 SC-19933 Aug 19932 Aug 2003120 SC-200325 Aug 200311 Dec 201391
Charles W Smith
Charles W Smith (!)
The notebook of Charles W Smith of Sidcot SS. A record of the caves Charles visited with SSS in 1953-54.

Higher quality versions are available on the MCRA Flickr site.

Dave Yeandle
Dave Yeandle (!)
See the accompanying Index spreadsheet.
Dick Pike
Dick Pike (!)
Dick Pike's caving, expedition and caving logs 1969 to 1976. An accompanying Index Spreadsheet is available for download.
Don Coase
Don Coase (!)
Don Coase's log book volume 3 (Jan-July 1945). See the Contents (MS Word document) for a list of trips recorded.
Dorset Caving Group Journals 1972-1982
Dorset Caving Group Journals 1972-1982 (!)
Dorset Caving Group journals 1972-1982. An accompanying Index Spreadsheet is available for download.
Eric Hensler
Eric Hensler (!)

Eric Hensler's caving log book entries, covering the years 1934 to 1978. An index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) is available containing a list of caves visited.

Note: The log is complete despite the gaps in page numbering, presumably where pages have been removed and employed for other purposes.

Fred Davies
Fred Davies (!)
Fred Davies' caving log books 1955 to 1960. An accompanying Index Spreadsheet is available.
Geoffrey and Swarbrick
Geoffrey and Swarbrick (!)

A Survey of the Lead, Calamine & Ochre Mines on Sandford Hill, by T. Geoffrey & J. Theodore Swarbrick, 1948 to 1951

A contents list is available. See also Two photographs from Theo Swarbrick.

Gerard Platten Index
Gerard Platten Index (!)

An index to the scrapbooks of Gerard Platten, compiled by D. J. Irwin.

The originals for most of these volumes are held at Wells Museum. See scrapbook locations for full details.

Please contact the MCRA if you know of the whereabouts of any of the missing volumes!

Jack Duck 1931-35
Jack Duck 1931-35 (!)
An index spreadsheet for this log book is available.
John Aylott 1969 - 1983
John Aylott 1969 - 1983 (!)
John Aylott's caving log book entries, covering a career from 1969 to 1983. See the index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) for a full cross-referenced list of the cave sites mentioned in these pages.
John Coote
Luke Devenish
Luke Devenish (!)
Luke William English Devenish FIExpE.

From the late 1940s until the 1980s, Luke Devenish was one of Mendip's more colourful characters, known to farmers and landowners as well as to cavers.

The complete transcriptions of Luke's logbooks, including hundreds of photographs and sketches, are available here for download as PDF files: Compendium Introduction [68 KB] Early Notebooks (1940-47) [5 MB] (see also Index Spreadsheet compiled by Alan Gray) Caving Diary Volume 1 (1947-49) [54 MB] Caving Diary Volume 2 (1949-51) [43 MB] Exploration of Ores Close Mineshafts (1957) [761 KB]

Thanks for this massive and meticulous electronic transcription effort go to Phil Hendy of the Wessex Cave Club.

Maurice Hewins
Maurice Hewins (!)
Maurice Hewins' caving log book 1958-1977.
NHASA 1970-91
NHASA 1970-91 (!)
Log book of the North Hill Association for Speleological Advancement (N.H.A.S.A.) 1971 to 1991. An accompanying index spreadsheet is available for download.
Paul Allen 1965-69
Paul Allen 1965-69 (!)
Volumes 1-3 are missing.
Ralph Wills
Ralph Wills (!)
Caving Diary of a SSSS School Boy 1921 to 1925.
Ray Mansfield 1960-1985
Ray Mansfield 1960-1985 (!)

These log books were kindly photographed and compiled to PDF versions by Rob Harper. Ray's Log Books contain many press clippings and also information relating to foreign caves; only the information relating to Mendip has been included here. Index to Ray Mansfield's logs (290 KB) Logbook 1 1960-1962 (114 MB) Logbook 2 1963 (105 MB) Logbook 3 1964-1965 (36 MB) Logbook 4 1966-1967 (308 KB) Logbook 5 1968-1971 (39 MB) Logbook 6 1971-1973 (9 MB) Logbook 7 1973-1975 (15 MB) Logbook 8 1976-1977 (7 MB) Logbook 9 1978-1979 (6 MB) Logbook 10 1979-1980 (1.5 MB) Logbook 11 1980-1982 (961 KB) Logbook 12 1982-1985 (76 KB)

Salisbury Caving Group
Salisbury Caving Group (!)
Salisbury Caving Group log book entries from 1973-1976, plus a swan song from 1992/1993.
Severn Valley Caving Club 1963-85
Sidcot School SS 1929 - 1978
Sidcot School SS 1929 - 1978 (!)

Caving log books from the Sidcot School Spelaeological Society. Also available for download is a full index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) of the individual cave sites mentioned in each volume.

Log book 10 and all log books after No. 21 (1978) are currently missing. Sidcot School SS and their associated logbooks continued through the 1980’s in to 1990’s. Please contact the MCRA if you know of the whereabouts of any Log Books post 1978.

Log Book 17 was rediscovered in the U.S. in 2017 and kindly donated back to the collection.

Sir William Boyd-Dawkins 1861
Sir William Boyd-Dawkins 1861 (!)
Notes on the Exploration of Hyaena Den at Wookey Hole. Kind thanks to Wells Museum for allowing us to photograph this logbook and make it available online.
Tony Jarratt's Log Books
Tony Jarratt's Log Books
Tony Jarratt (1949 to 2008)

In mid 2007 Tony and I were discussing the amazing historical caving archive contained within his Log Books. I suggested that I photographed them and was surprised that Tony agreed since, to my knowledge, he had never loaned them to anyone. I also think that Tony was surprised that someone would be daft enough to photograph them.

Tony also informed Richard Witcombe and myself that he would be delighted if the Log Books could be uploaded to the MCRA web site and then they could be a resource for the caving community.

Tony’s Log Books provide a complete record of all the caving trips that he undertook between 1964 and 2008. Many of us will remember Tony in the Hunters or in Bat Products completing Log Book entries.

Each entry consists of the following – Cave Name, Area, Location, Duration of the trip, Who was also on the trip and a description. In addition some entries are annotated Dive, Rescue, Discovery, Connection.

The main caving areas that Tony caved in are Mendip, Scotland and India (Meghalaya) but Tony caved all over the world.

The Log Books have not been electronically indexed (as yet), but Tony has included a written index to each book in its final pages. There is however a Word Document available for download listing all the discoveries Tony has been involved with.

There are 2871 pages and Tony spent 11,481 hours underground.

Have Fun

Alan Gray Electronic Transcriptions by Peter BurgessPeter has been steadily working on the task of transcribing Tony's handwritten pages into electronic documents, which have the great advantage that they can be searched. The fruits of his labours are available for download as PDF files: Volume 1 (7 MB) Volume 2 (11 MB) Volume 3 (2 MB) Volume 4 (5 MB) Volume 5 (1 MB)A massive thank you Peter from the MCRA, and keep up the good work!Tony's Log Books

Tony Philpott 1956-68
Tony Philpott 1956-68 (!)
An Index Spreadsheet is available for these logbooks.
WAACS 1961 - 1965
WAACS 1961 - 1965 (!)
The log book of the Westinghouse Apprentices Association Caving Section, 1961 - 1965. See this index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) for a full cross-referenced list of the cave sites mentioned in these pages.
Wessex CC
Wessex CC (!)
The complete set of indexed caving log books from the Wessex Caving Club is now available to view on the Wessex Cave Club website.
Willie Stanton
Willie Stanton (!)

Dr. William Iredale Stanton, 1930 to 2010

Willie Stanton's complete caving log, volumes 1-22, 1943-2007. See the index spreadsheet (MS Excel format) for a full cross-referenced list of the cave sites mentioned in these pages.

Willie was a pupil at Sidcot School and a very active member of the Sidcot School Speleological Society, which laid the foundations of his future life. He studied geology at Imperial College London, taking this forward as a career in Angola, Lisbon and as a consultant for Bristol Avon River Authority. Discovered the Black Hole Series in Swildon's Hole, opened the Ninth Chamber in Wookey Hole to tourists and improved access to Cheddar Caves. Digging in Reservoir Hole, Swildon's Hole, Grebe Swallet to mention just a few.

The original Log Books are in the Wells and Mendip Museum.