Map with: MCRA Google Map, or OS Explorer Map from Streetmap.co.uk

Other Sites Within 500m

St. Dunstan's Well East  St. Dunstan's Well West  St. Dunstan's Well North  Stoke House Garden Tunnel  Snare Hole  Fernhill Cave  Clay Pit  Duck's Pot  Un-named Hole - 3  Garlick's Rift  Pixie Grotto  Fairy Cave  Weekend Rift  Rumble Tumble Hole  Blow Hole  Un-named Hole - 1  Christmas Hole  Elf Crack  Hobgoblin Hole  Frog Lane Dig  Gnome Rift  Balch Main Chamber  Un-named Hole - 2  Plummer's Hole  Spectacles Hole  Hillier's Cave  Balch Cave  Balch Erratic Passage - 1  Balch Erratic Passage - 2  Balch Pool Passage  Fairy Cave Quarry  Conning Tower Cave  W/L Cave  Balch Aven Chamber  Balch Coral Grotto  Buddleia Hole  Shatter Cave  Bunny Hole  New Year Hole  Culdesac Pot  Un-named Hole - 4  Great Shaft  Short Life Pot  Rose's Rift  Price's Purgatory  Un-named Hole - 6  Hillwithy Cave  Tucking Fight Rift 

 Go to the Main MCRA Registry Search Page

St. Dunstan's Well Cave

St. Dunstan's Well, Stoke St.Michael.

NGR:ST 6589 4790
WGS84:51.22926, -2.48989
Length:122 m
Depth:18 m
Altitude:151 m
Classes:cave
Registry:mcr-en

This small fossil cave, located immediately above the double rising of Saint Dunstan's Well, comprises a series of attractive but very narrow passages and extremely tight squeezes ending in a relatively roomy chamber containing a deep sump pool. The pool has been dived to a depth of 6m with no apparent way on. Above the chamber, an aven complex can be ascended for almost 30m. The presence of roots indicates its proximity to the surface.

Alternate Names: St.Dunstan's Cave

Notes: The cave lies close to the lost village of Stoke Bottom and it has been suggested that medieval remains found in the entrance passage lent credence to the theory that it may once have been used as a Black Death burial pit. However, there is little evidence to support plague as the reason behind the decline of the village, and the presence of the adjacent well - an important local water source - would seem to negate the suggestion.

 Search for this site in the MCRA Bibliography.

Photos from the MCRA Archive:

This entry was last updated: 2017-04-11 14:22:32

Errors or omissions in this information? Submit corrections/additions/comments for this entry to the registrars.

All database content Copyright 2018 Mendip Cave Registry and Archive.
Your use of this website is subject to the Disclaimer.
Website by Matt Voysey.