The Mendip Cave Bibliography provides a list of references relating to each cave or cave related topic that have been printed in caving publications or newspapers. This on-line edition includes over 30,000 entries from 883 AD to present.

NEW: Search the full bibliography online with the Mendip Cave Bibliography Search

The following areas can be searched instead of individual cave names -

Abbots Leigh cavesAsham Quarry cavesAshwick Grove risings / caves (and resurgence)Avon Gorge caves
Axbridge HillBanwell cavesBath Freestone quarriesCompton Bishop caves
Bath thermal springsBatts Combe Quarry cavesBector Wood Quarry cavesBiddlecombe Springs
Blackdown HillsBlackmoor mineshaftsBlaise Castle Estate cavesBleadon Quarry caves
Box Freestone QuarriesBradford on Avon stone quarriesBrean Down cavesBristol caves & mines
Brockley PitsBurrington Combe cavesCastle Hill Quarry cavesChelm's Combe Quarry caves
Chilmark quarriesCity of Wells underground watercoursesCleeve Hill Iron MinesClevedon sea caves
Cloford Quarry cavesCombe Down Freestone quarriesCompton Hill springsCompton Martin caves / springs

In addition the bibliography can be searched by categories - a table of these categories is provided below (type the category name in the “Cave” column) -

bibliographyfictionlost cavesregistry
candaflora & faunamining [calamine]societies
chemistryfreestone quarryingmining [Charterhouse]surveying
communicationgeneralmining [Chewton Mendip]technique
depressions, shakeholes etcgeologynewspaperstraining
digging & digging techniquesgeomorphologyobituarytunnel
divinggeoresistivityoil prospectingunnamed cave
dowsinghistoryparaspeleologyunnamed mine
equipmenthydrologypoetryweather forecasting

The second edition of the Mendip Cave Bibliography and Newspaper Catalogue was published in September 2005 and includes over 25,000 references from 883 AD to 2004 AD. Future updates will be available on-line.

This massive work was produced from a large database created in 1994 which has been continually added to since that time. It is an indispensable addition to Mendip caving literature and is the largest such publication ever to appear in the British Isles dealing with a single British caving region.

Based initially on Ray Mansfield's card index of about 3,000 items it has been expanded to its current size. Non-site specific topics have been collected together under a relevant heading, e.g. archaeology, biology, hydrology, geomorphology etc.

This edition of the bibliography does not displace other bibliographies and indexes such as Mendip Bibliography Part II by Trevor Shaw [1972], the various indexes published by caving organisations [BCRA and CDG] or news information contained in Descent Magazine. Neither do the compilers claim it to be complete for there are still many caving / national magazine runs and newspapers still to be searched.

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