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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.