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The Hellfire Club - The story of Lord Dashwood Witchcraft and Ghostly Apparitions at the Hellfire Caves

Updated on November 29, 2012

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Hellfire Caves

Set in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside, outside the main town of High Wycombe, you will find one of the most fascinating, historical and intriguing network of Caverns in the West Wycombe hillside. The Caves are just around the corner from the famous Lord Dashwood Mausoleum. With it's towering Hexagonal shape and brooding atmosphere, it has been causing gossip and ghostly stories to abound since the 1760's. Walking up the hill towards the Mausoleum is quite difficult as it is very steep, so if you are planning to visit it, unless you are quite fit and healthy, I suggest taking the longer but flatter route around the road way. I have puffed my way up a few times, and believe me when I say, the older you get, the more difficult it is. Most people visit the Caves first and then take a walk up the hill. The Caves were first built in or I should say, extended in the 1740's, as they were already a vast network of caves and holes in the hillside. Evidently they were centuries old when they were first discovered. The Hellfire Club was first established shortly after Sir Frances Dashwood decided to add to the caves, which were originally built and added too, because he wanted it as part of his garden. Lord Dashwood was a great traveller, and wanted to do something a little bit different from all the other society gardens that were the fashion of the time. Little did he realised that his famous Caves and Mausoleum would have people telling stories of the Witchcraft and Ghostly Apparitions that many visitors have supposedly seen over the years.

Hellfire Caves

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Sir Frances Dashwood and the Famous Hellfire Club

Lord Dashwood started to use the Caves for supposedly political meetings, but were rumoured to be a cover for much more sinister goings on. Debauchery, Witchcraft and prostitution seems to be the main accusations. But some believe that evil took place there. Murder. The frightening thing about it was that Lord Dashwood had the most prominent men of society there with him. The Earl of Sandwich being just one of a few politicians and members close to the Royal Family. Most went on to be leaders in their fields of work. Dashwood actually started his Hellfire Club a few years before the Hellfire Caves. The only trouble was that he held in the local George and Vulture inn. Not very private. In fact not private enough for their shenanigans it seems! To make the club sound more select and secretive, Dashwood named them the Order of the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe, or Order of the Knights of St. Francis. Their motto was Fais ce que tu voudras (Do what you will). Says it all doesn't it?

Dashwood at His Devotions

Meetings and Club Activities

The main parts of the ceremonies consisted mainly of innocent Pagan worship, or a much more sinister Satanistic ritual. Openly worshiping Baccus and Venus, they flaunted their beliefs in front of new members to shock them. This of course was at a time when the Country was predominantly Christian. So you can imagine how that went down with the locals! Even Dashwoods Gardens were full of pagan statues much to the chagrin of the local population. A lot of the early meetings were conducted six miles away at Medmenham on Thames, just a few miles from where I live. From local gossip and tales spoken passed down from mother to daughter, father to son, there is a tunnel that takes you from Mednemham to West Wycombe. This is mentioned in the wonderful Diana Gabaldons series of books which mentions the Caves in Lord Grey and the Hellfire Club.

 

Is this the ghost of Sukie?

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The Legend of Sukie also known as The Ghost of the White Lady

One of the most tantalising stories is the Legend of Sukie, also known as The Ghost of The White Lady. Evidently the story says that Sukie (Some sources call her Susie as most people were illiterate at the time) worked at the local inn called The George and Dragon. Sukie fell in love with a rich gentleman.Receiving a note supposedly from him, asking her to meet him in the secret tunnel that runs from the pub to the Cave, she rushed to the tunnel believing the note was asking her to run away with him and get married. Sukie dressed herself in a white wedding dress and stood waiting for him, not realising that the note was written by local lads who were having a laugh at her expense. On realising that she had been duped, Sukie panicked and started to run away. The lads started throwing stones at her, laughing, but one hit her on her head and she fell down, and died. In panic, the boys took her body back to her room at the inn, trying to look as though she had died from an accident there. Her ghost has said to have been seen since that tragic murder, haunting not only the inn but the Hellfire Caves.

A Strange Happening.

When my son was two years old, I took him for a walk around the Caves, and then up to the Golden Ball which is on the Church behind the Mausoleum. Locals always call it the Golden Ball as it has a large ball at the top of the tower. At this time I had never heard of the White Lady. As we were walking towards the Mausoleum, my sons shoelace came undone and I bent down to do it up. My son was staring at the stones on the outside of the Mausoleum, and suddenly he pointed towards the towering walls and said, 'White Lady mummy, White Lady'. So I looked over to where he was pointing, and I couldn't see anything. There was no other person around, only me and him. And the Mausoleum. I tried to see if there was any statues there of a White Lady. Or even just a statue of a lady. Nothing. So, we carried on walking, and I thought, on the way back I will take him around that way again, and see if he says anything. About an hour later, we walked back that way. Stopping a bit further on to make sure that he was near the place but not close enough to remember what he said, I stopped to get something from my bag. I saw my son looking around, and then suddenly he said, once again, White Lady, mummy. I said, 'Where?' And he pointed into the Mausoleum grounds again. There was nothing there. When I managed to drag him away, he was upset by this time, I would imagine he was thinking why can't mummy see it?, he eventually got back home and forgot about it. That was when I first opened a book about the Mausoleum and Caves, and read about the White Lady Ghost! It has fascinated me ever since. Amazing.

Dashwood Mausoleum exact spot where I was standing with my son.

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Candlelight Entrance to Tunnel Leading to Hell Fire Caves

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Introduction to the Hellfire Caves

Taking that first step into the Caves, you get a sense of foreboding. It is quite dark as you look down past the entrance with its candlelight flickering shadows off the entrance walls. The darkness seems to want to suck you in, and for a few seconds I felt a bit claustrophobic. The tunnels arch down and travel over half a mile underground. As you walk down, the tunnel begins to get lighter, and then you come across your first exhibit. With each statue, there is a commentary telling you the history of the subject. Halfway down the tunnel, the poem below they believe is a reference to the secret tunnel

'Take 20 steps and rest a while,
Then take a pick and find the stile
Where once I did my love beguile
'Twas 22 in Dashwood's time
Perhaps to hid this cell divine
Where lay my love in peace sublime

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Map of the Caves

Franklin's Cave

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The Banqueting Hall

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The Inner Temple

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The River Styx

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The Exhibits

There are many signs and Exhibits that show how the cave was carved and the tools that were used. In the Steward's Cave, you can see shovels, hammers crowbars and candles with their holders. Paul Whitehead's chamber was a minor poet who was employed to keep an eye on the drinks and make sure they were topped up. He was mainly a steward. This part of the Cavern is said to be one of the most spookiest parts, and even the most staunch unbelieving person will be known to rush through it as it is said to be haunted. The feeling is very eerie, believe me!

The Numerals XXII are probably a measurement that was used in the caves, but it is also believed to be part of a secret code, pointing the way to the Tunnels. These have never been found yet, but they are still being investigated.

Franklin's Cave is named after Benjamin Franklin who was a great friend of Sir Frances Dashwood. He is said to have stayed at West Wycombe whenever he was in the area. This cave is meant to be something mythical or even part of the human anatomy.

The Children in the Caves, are the actual paintings of the Dashwood children in 1880 in West Wycombe Park.

The Banqueting Hall, is 40 feet in diameter and is about a 1,000 feet from the entrance to the Caves. A lump of chalk was recovered here, and found to have coins dated from 1720 to 1754 inside.

The Miner's Cave shows more workers tools and a wheelbarrow, and lots of other implements used for the digging out of the cave. Local workers were paid a shilling a day. It was a dirty and very dangerous job as the ceiling of the cave was prone to fall down, and the whole tunnel was in danger of cave ins.

The River Styx, is named after the legendary river. Originally in 1796 it had to be crossed by using stepping stones. Previously it was crossed by using a small boat.

The last but not least we come to the Inner Temple. Directly beneath the Church, it is 300 feet straight down. The scene shows some of the members of the club including John Wilkes and Charles Churchill standing by the statue of the famous Venus De Milo. The women who attended the meetings had to wear a mask, and in some places a disguise.

Very Spooky Tunnel to the Inner Chamber

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Statue of Baccus

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A Great Day Out

If you are visiting the area for the first time, it is a good idea to head for High Wycombe first to make sure you follow the right directions. The Caves and Mausoleum are situated in West Wycombe a few miles from Wycombe town centre. When you get to the Caves, it is well worth the climb up the hill to the Dashwood Mausoleum. The views are amazing. While you are there, go around the back of the Mausoleum and you will find the private Church. There is a very spooky pathway that you walk through! Well worth the visit. In the Caves courtyard is a great little shop that sells all sorts of collectibles. I book a fantastic slate notebook with a Gothic pen! It looks really old, and is not something that you can buy anywhere else. Fantastic. When you have finished your walk around the Caves, buy a cup of coffee or tea, and sit outside admiring the view over the hills. It's a great day out. Oh, and don't forget to watch out for Ghosts!

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Opening Times and Prices

Summer Season.

April - October

7 Days a week 11.00 - 17.30

Winter Season.

November - March

Saturdays and Sundays - 11.00 - dusk

School and Bank holidays 11.00 - dusk

Christmas and Boxing day closed.

Prices.

Adults - £5  Children - £4  Senior (60+) £4  Student and National Trust Members £4  Family £15

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Maureen for visiting, glad you liked it, and have a wonderful day!

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      MMECD53 3 years ago

      I voted no way only because I am claustrophobic not afraid of ghosts. Very Interesting Nell. Has been a while since I have been in Hub Pages. Enjoyed this very much.

      Maureen

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks info, yes it was very spooky when he said it! I even took him around twice to double check! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      informationshelte 3 years ago

      Hi Nell,

      Your narrating style certainly captured my imagination. It is like I have visited the place myself through your words.

      Especially the point when your little son said that he saw the ghost of the White Lady. This must have been a hair-raising experience!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Lizzy, I remember watching it too, with yvette fielding if I remember right, it is a great spooky place, in fact its not so much the caves that are spooky but its the walk up to the mausoleum and round the church, it really sends chills up your spine just looking at it from the foot of the hill, then my son goes and sees the ghost! arghhh! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi midnight, lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Anna, yes it freaked me out when my son saw that ghost! phew! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi MysticMoonlight, you would love it, if you ever get the chance to visit its well worth it, and the countryside around there is amazing too, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Wiccan, yes it's a fascinating and spooky place! I did panic when I got stuck on my own in the cave! lol!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Fascinating Nell Rose-- thanks for sharing your trip here. Wow, it just makes you wonder how much is rumor and how much was actually going on. Sounds like a pretty amazing place.

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      MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating, Nell! Wonderfully done article with such rich information, truly makes me want to go! I've heard about this place when the 'Ghost Adventures' TV show from here in the States visited there. I've been fascinated ever since. The story about your son seeing the woman in white was amazing. I hope to get to visit there one day, I love creepy places!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Oh Nell I love your hubs! Really interesting. Your son seeing the White Lady makes it all the more spooky.

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      Haydee Anderson 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Ooh, that was spooky! I couldn't begin to imagine how scary getting lost in the Hellfire Caves without adequate lighting would be. Add a dark stormy night into the picture with lots of fog and animal noises and eerk! The history of civilization beyond the borders of the United States has always fascinated me, especially European countries. ~ Thanks, I very much enjoyed this hub. Voted up!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, so very interesting! I've seen this investigated by one of the TV ghost hunter shows--Ghost Hunters International, I believe....(an offshoot of "T.A.P.S." that's here in the US).

      Interesting that your son saw the apparition--children usually are more sensitive, and if their abilities are not scoffed at, can retain them, and become very gifted in their prime years.

      I would love to visit, but I'm afraid a hop across the pond is not in the budget. :-(

      Voted up, interesting, useful and pinned.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Laura, great to see you, nell

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      Laura Deibel 4 years ago from Aurora

      Weird, spooky article, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      HI Phyllis, lol! no nothing funny about those caves! I agree with you, I like exploring them on my own, but I did get a bit spooked when I got lost in there! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi pearl, you could well be right there! lol! glad you liked it, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks starbright, glad you liked it, nell

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      Lucy Jones 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      Spooky stuff Nell, but very interesting. Voted up and shared.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Nell, I wonder why it is that you have so many 'ghosty' places? This is fascinating stuff. I'm surprised with today's technology that those tunnels have not been found yet! Must be something or someone keeping them hidden . . . goosebumps!

      Very enjoyable spooky article my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++ and pinned

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      OMGosh! Nell, I would love to visit that area, especially walk through the caves -- yes, it would scare me, but I would prefer to walk there alone so I can focus on things that interest me and take my time lingering here and there. How marvelous and such awesome pictures you included. Well done, Nell. All votes up except funny - nothing funny about those caves!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Aw thanks Integrity! lol! glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted way up. That is so interesting,Nell. I am proud of you and I am glad that you won! COO!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks for reading francisassissi.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Karine, thanks for reading, and thank you so much for your email, really appreciate it, nell

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      Karine Gordineer 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Nell - thanks for another great one! Truly fascinating.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi rcrumple, thats a shame, yes its off the beaten track but well worth going to, the hellfire caves are our secret little wonder of Bucks! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Spent quite a bit of time in England in the 70's. Visited Portsmouth, Stonehenge, and London (Carnaby Street/Madame T.'s/The National Gallery/etc.) but had no knowledge of the Hellfire Caves. I obviously missed out bigtime. Great hub! Well investigated and presented!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Larry, thats great! tell her when she comes over to England I will take her to the caves! lol! thanks so much again, nell

      Hi unknown spy, it certainly does when you are in the cave thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow spooky! gives me chills..

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      Larry Fields 5 years ago from Northern California

      An online friend is a Goth, and she will love your hub as much as I do. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Haha! Thanks Mary!

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      Mary Helafitily 5 years ago

      arghhhhh scary!!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, beth, thanks for reading it, I am glad you liked it, that mausoleum is really creepy! ha ha

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      Beth Perry 6 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell Rose, what a wonderful article! I've read about the Hellfire club before but I had never seen photos of the Mausoleum before and it is just awesome. Thanks for contributing!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sa'ge, great to see you! you would definitely love this place, so spooky! thanks again nell

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      Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

      sounds like some real haunting to me, wish i lived close enough to check this one out. gosh I love places like this. great report on this one. Love you girl. Tops to you, will be back around moon i hope. :) hugs :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, poet, sorry it took me so long to get here! lol this is a great day out, if you like spooky things! and I know you do! and the added bonus is a ghost floating about! ha ha thanks again nell

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thank you for introducing me to such a mystical place. The pictures really add to the ambiance and the way you described it only enhanced the spooky vibe. I really love the part you included about your son's experience. I wonder how much of our own ability to see behind the vale we have lost as we mature. Thank you Nell for sharing this. It is really, I think, one of your best! Fantastic!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello hello, sorry it took me so long to answer, thanks so much for liking my hub, it is a fascinating place to visit, cheers nell

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, what a fan club, Nell. You are popular. Well done. Thank you for your more the worthwhile reading this hub.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, thanks so much! it is scary, I am not one to panic, but believe me when I say, getting lost in those caves is not a good idea! you should have seen me run out so quickly, I thought I was going to be stuck in there! lol

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      What a sad story about the lady in white. I'm not sure about visiting the caves . . at my age ticker may not be able to stand a good scare. Too many things going on in real life that scare me to go looking for ghost. Love your hub, writing and voice. Voted up, marked useful, awesome and beautiful.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Case, thanks so much! it is a great place to spend the day, especially if you want to be creeped out! ha ha I am not sure about 8am though, I think it will just be people talking and old photos etc, I think I will wait until 11am! cheers nell

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      CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      voted as awesome- the creepiness oozes out! I think my son would like to visit so I think in the summer hols it could be a place to go. ( PS Coverage of the wedding starts at 8am- breakfast around the tv methinks)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Buddyme, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Cheryl, thanks so much, glad you liked it, it is a very creepy place! the funny thing is it is when you first see the outside, and then have to walk into the dark tunnel! gives you the shivers! lol cheers nell

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      BuddyMe 6 years ago

      Great!

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Congratulations. This is a very interesting hub and history on The Hellfire Club. I think this is a very amazing and creepy place to visit. Great photos. Great hub.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Steph, glad you liked it! it is a bit creepy round the old mausoleum! lol wouldn't want to go up there at night! too spooky! thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, donna, thanks I am glad you liked it, it is a fascinating place, I tend to go over there when I can, it is such a good day out, and cheap! and the kids all love it too! I get asked to take my friends children over there, gives me a good excuse for going!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, thehemu, thank you for reading it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, tillsontitan, no, he never mentioned it again, it was very strange, I wonder if anybody else has ever seen it? especially at that very young age, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sun Pen, thank you for reading it, what a fascinating story! it must have been quite scary for you to move house, thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, tebo, thanks so much, I hope you do get back so you can go and see the caves they are great, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Prasetio, thanks for reading it, it is a fascinating place, you could easily get lost down there! lol but I love it, cheers nell

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - very cool and scary! Just seeing a river named "Styx" would creep me out. Awesome photographs and really love old churches and cemeteries... just not walking through them! Good luck, Steph

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      donnakays 6 years ago

      I have long harbored a lot of questions about the Hellfire Caves. You have written a most illuminating article.

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      thehemu 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      i certainly want take a walk with my all lil cousins ms. white lady surely have solution for them ha ha.

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      Mary Craig 6 years ago from New York

      Great read. Did your son ever mention the White Lady again? Sounds like something out of our Salem Mass.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Hi! Awesome. Congratulations!!! I believe the at there are beings not visible to us. People call them different names. Ok, let's call them Ghosts. I do not like to disturb them. Once I had to live in a haunted house. I have felt their presence many times and ignored. My wife and the daughter too have the same experiences. The family that lived there before I moved in had tried many voodoo things to chase them away and were put into many troubles by the "ghosts". Though we never had any serious trouble we moved away at the first chance we got.

      Voted up/awesome.

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      tebo 6 years ago

      Great hub. The photos really show the place off. I'd love to make my way through those caves if I ever got back to your part of the world. Congratulations on your win too.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love something mysterious and I get this from your hub. Very well written and nice description. My imagination fly to the place where you post this hub. Thanks for writing this. You got my vote, Nell. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, kitty, thanks for reading it, you may be right, children do see things that adults have lost the senses to see, it was very strange though, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Mrs. J.B. thanks so much! I am really glad you liked it, I love the place it is so spooky!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Christopher, he certainly was a mixture of either paganism which was good or satanism, which was bad, I think he liked the secrecy! lol thanks so much nell

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      wow, interesting that ben franklin was a friend of this lord fellow. although they might have been pagan, i wouldn't assume that they were satanists. well written hub, as always though, Nell. love your stories! also, i think it is normal for children to see things that adults don't see...it has to do with losing a sense of belief or innocence maybe? bye bye! :)

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      I loved this hub. I saw a piece about this on the history channel. You really did your research and knew exactly how to capture your reader. The pictures are fabulous. Truly enjoyed your hub.

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Great hub Nell. Should I ever make it back to the UK this is one place I would like to visit.

      I must say the painting of Dashwood is a bit bizarre. There must be hidden meanings for many of the things he is shown with.

      Thanks for sharing.

      CP

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, lily, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Tina, thanks for reading it, my pc is being very temperamental at the moment and I can't always get on here, but it seems to be working for the moment, fingers crossed! thanks as always, I will be over shortly, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Polly, I am coming over now to take a look! lol cheers nell

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      lilyfly 6 years ago

      Just a wonderful hub Nell, truth really is stranger than fiction... thanks... lily

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      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Nell. another great story. I love this kind of stuff. I hadn't heard from you in a while. Thought I would stop by and say hi. Hi!

      The pics were cool. You are very lucky to have such cool places to visit near by

      Tina

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      I sent you the link in email but put it on my profile if it failed to get to you, it is not mine so don't see that would be wrong, you have got to see it! I can't stop watching it!

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Fascinating. Have seen this a couple of times on various TV shows about the paranormal. GHI, I believe did a tour through there, and if I am not mistaken, also Destination Truth.

      Good job, Nell! Voted up!!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Green Lotus, thanks so much, I just love visiting the place, it is awesome! it really appeals to the supernatural side of me! lol

      Hi, Eiddwen, thank you, I really appreciate it, I have been looking at a lot of Welsh videos lately, because my son is living there, what a beautiful country! I am so jealous! cheers nell

      Hi, Linda, thank you so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, CMHypno, lol sorry! I just wanted to write about it as I love the place, it is so spooky, and because it is literally up the road from me, it is a great cheap day out! love it! there is also a great garden centre near there where we always used to stop off on the way home! going from the witchy stuff to the nice friendly garden flowers! ha ha

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, BlissfulWriter, thanks for reading, It certainly is scary! I kept brushing my shoulder thinking someone was behind me! ha ha thanks

      Hi, Audrey, thanks for all your help! cheers nell

      Hi, Jean, wow! I think I would have run out as quickly as I could! lol thanks nell

      Hi, Peggy, shame about the video, it is one of those Haunted Tv ones where they make everyone jump! ha ha thanks so much nell

      Hi, K9, thanks so much! it was a lovely surprise, cheers nell

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      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      Vote up! Fascinating article and pictures! I too would never go there but enjoyed reading about it. Thanks!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Wow Nell this is great, you really know how to tell a story don't you and combined with those pictures this is a brilliant hub.

      I push all the buttons here and thank you so much for sharing.

      take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Congratulations on a much deserved win Nell! I new it was a winner when I first read it :)

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Congratulations on winning the contest Nell, and a great hub with amazing photos - guess I can kiss even more of my traffic goodbye LOL!

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Quite a trip Nell! You always amaze me. Congrats on your staff pick my friend, well deserved!

      K9

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Well deserved win. Congratulations! This was most interesting reading about these caves and the Hellfire Club. Couldn't view the video unfortunately which was blocked on copyright issues in our country. Am sure it was good. Voted up and useful.

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      Jean Bakula 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, this cave sounds really neat! I will never breathe a word of it to my husband. He has dragged me through caves no matter what state or country we've been in. I don't know where he finds them. This news must never get out............! We did experience the touch and cold air of a ghost once while sneaking thru a 19th century house. We felt scared and knew we had been there together at that time period. I only felt the cold, but the brushing he felt on his shoulder wasn't me. He still gets creeped out about it.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Congrats on the win~!!!!!!

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      Sounds scary. I would be too scared to walk though the caves on my own without a bunch of tourist to surround me with.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Simone, Thank You! that's made my day! I am glad you liked it, it is such a fascinating place, and a great day out for both children and adults, thanks

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Congrats!!! This Hub won the Day 16 Staff Pick of the So You Think You Can Write Online Contest! Very deserved. Hellfire clubs were such an interesting trend back in the day- it was so interesting how they came into vogue for that short bit in the 1800s. Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, PR Morgan, I don't think I would again! lol it scared all sense out of me! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Polly, sorry it took me so long to answer, I have been out and about a lot the last couple of days, I am not sure which link you mean? I haven't seen one, I am intrigued now! Thanks again nell

      Hi, Chatkath, thanks so much, it is a really interesting place, I am so glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Fossillady, lol I bet that scared you! I would have run a mile! thanks so much nell

      Hi, Alastar, where do you want to go? ha ha I will buy the drinks this time! cheers nell

      Hi, Alicia, it takes a lot to spook me, but I must admit the tunnels, in the above picture, really did make me uneasy, I was glad to get out! I tried to be all smiles when I walked out after finding the exit, but inside I was quaking! lol

      Hi, Erin, it was strange that my son said that, I wasn't even thinking about that sort of thing, I was just puzzled why he would keep saying it, it wasn't until I got home and read about it that I thought it was strange! thanks again nell

      Hi, goody, that's great! thanks for the link, and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, jreuter, thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it, cheers nell

      Hi, Audrey, I would have run out after you, especially if you panicked! ha ha thanks as always, nell

      Hi, Ruby, I am sure you would love to take a look round, and you never know, you may just see the lady in white! thanks again nell

      Hi, Green Lotus, that's the thing with me, I am a bit like a faulty TV ariel! lol I only see things occasionally, but it was very strange, especially coming from one so small! cheers nell

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      PR Morgan 6 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      I love it...I have to go there. I would go into the cave alone, but I would be scared to death...sounds like a lot of fun!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Cool adventure story Nell. What with your own psychic abilities I'm surprised you didn't see the while lady yourself! Cheers.

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      Jason Reuter 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Fun and a little creepy Hub! Thanks for this, I found it very interesting, and I want to visit!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, mysterylady, thanks it was a bit strange with my son, I wondered what he was talking about! lol but when I found out later, I felt chills down my spine!

      Hi, A.A. Savala, thanks for reading it, I do believe he saw something, but I will try and keep an open mind! no, it was a ghost! lol

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      goody7 6 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      You have done it again Nell. This is a great story, and it's well known that sometimes small children can see things such as ghost that adults can't. I'm putting a link again from your ghostly hub to my ghostly hub. If you don't like the link, then please just let me know & I'll remove it for you. Keep on hubbing.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Pamela, thanks for reading it, it is a spooky place! I love walking around in the tunnels, but not on my own any more! lol cheers nell

      Hi, Enlydia, it does feel strange when you are in there, I am not one to get scared, but I definitely wouldn't want to stay there on my own! thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Peter, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, DDS, glad you liked it! thanks so much nell