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

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The Hell-Fire Caves of High Wycombe England, are a fascinating part of English History. With spooky caves and a torrid history.

Ghostly Atmosphere

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#Hellfirecaves High Wycombe Hell Fire Caves

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 networks 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 roadway. 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 1740s, 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 traveler, 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 realized 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

Sir Frances Dashwood and the Famous Hellfire Club

Lord Dashwood started to use the Caves for supposedly political meetings but was rumored to be a cover for much more sinister goings-on. Debauchery, Witchcraft, and prostitution seem 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 is 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

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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 Gabaldon's series of books which mentions the Caves in Lord Grey and the Hellfire Club.


Is this the ghost of Sukie?

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St. Lawrence Church or Golden Ball

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

One of the most tantalizing stories is the Legend of Sukie, also known as The Ghost of The White Lady. Evidently, the story goes 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 in a white wedding dress and stood waiting for him, not realizing 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 threw 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 son's 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 were 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? We eventually got back home and he 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.

Candlelight Entrance to Tunnel Leading to Hell Fire Caves

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

See Map Below.

Map of the Caves

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Franklin's Cave

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The Banqueting Hall

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The Inner Temple

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. He 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 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 is 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

Statue of Baccus

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 center. 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 bought 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!

Directions

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 - £7.50 Children - £6 Student and National Trust Members £6 Family £20

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Comments

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 10, 2020:

Hi Shauna, yes I did ask him a while ago, but he doesn't remember a thing. Which is a shame. but it was so strange. tying his shoe he looked up and said, white lady mum! we then walked around came back and he said it again. I looked everywhere, but just a couple of statues, ancient, and nothing else.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Nell, have you asked you son if he remembers seeing the White Lady?

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 09, 2020:

Hi Shauna, it was when my son was around 2 years old he saw the white lady. it was definitely spooky! around 38 years ago now. I remember winning something from hubpages for this hub, so its really one of my favorites. can't wait to go back to the caves again. Side note, Diana Gabaldon wrote about it in one of her Outlander John Grey books! how amazing is that?

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Nell, I don't know how I missed this! Your photos and detailed accounts of the history of Hellfire Club and the caves is wonderful. I love stuff like this, but also believe in ghosts (not to mention I'm claustrophobic) so I highly doubt I'd brave a tour myself.

What your son saw and experienced is eerie to say the least. Have you asked him if he remembers what he saw that day? How many years ago was it?

I'll have to come back and check out the video.

In the meantime, thanks for this interesting look into the past and the shivers that are crawling up my spine!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 31, 2014:

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

MMECD53 on March 30, 2014:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

informationshelte on November 16, 2013:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 16, 2013:

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

Mackenzie Sage Wright on November 15, 2013:

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.

MysticMoonlight on November 15, 2013:

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!

Anna Haven from Scotland on November 15, 2013:

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

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on November 14, 2013:

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!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on November 14, 2013:

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.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 21, 2013:

Thanks Laura, great to see you, nell

Laura Deibel from Aurora, CO on June 21, 2013:

Weird, spooky article, thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2013:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2013:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2013:

Thanks starbright, glad you liked it, nell

Lucy Jones from Scandinavia on June 20, 2013:

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

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on June 20, 2013:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on June 19, 2013:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 08, 2012:

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

IntegrityYes on August 08, 2012:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 01, 2012:

Thanks for reading francisassissi.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 25, 2012:

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

Karine Gordineer from Upstate New York on July 25, 2012:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 20, 2012:

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

Rich from Kentucky on July 19, 2012:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 10, 2012:

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!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 10, 2012:

wow spooky! gives me chills..

Larry Fields from Northern California on June 10, 2012:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 07, 2012:

Haha! Thanks Mary!

Mary Helafitily on March 07, 2012:

arghhhhh scary!!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 09, 2011:

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

Beth Perry from Tennesee on June 08, 2011:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 24, 2011:

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

Sa`ge from Barefoot Island on May 23, 2011:

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 :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 18, 2011:

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

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on May 17, 2011:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 05, 2011:

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

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 03, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 02, 2011:

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

pmccray from Utah on May 01, 2011:

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.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 25, 2011:

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

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on April 25, 2011:

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)

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 25, 2011:

Hi, Buddyme, thanks for reading it, cheers nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 25, 2011:

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

BuddyMe on April 25, 2011:

Great!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on April 24, 2011:

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.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 24, 2011:

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

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on April 24, 2011:

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

donnakays on April 24, 2011:

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

thehemu from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2011:

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

Mary Craig from New York on April 23, 2011:

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

Sun Pen 50 from Srilanka on April 23, 2011:

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.

tebo on April 23, 2011:

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.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 22, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 22, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 22, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 22, 2011:

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

Kitty Fields from Summerland on April 22, 2011:

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! :)

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on April 21, 2011:

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.

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on April 21, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 20, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 20, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 20, 2011:

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

lilyfly on April 20, 2011:

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

gr82bme from USA on April 20, 2011:

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

Pollyannalana from US on April 19, 2011:

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!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 19, 2011:

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!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 19, 2011:

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

lindatymensky on April 19, 2011:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2011:

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.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on April 19, 2011:

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

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on April 19, 2011:

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

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 18, 2011:

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

K9

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2011:

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.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on April 18, 2011:

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.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on April 18, 2011:

Congrats on the win~!!!!!!

BlissfulWriter on April 18, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2011:

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

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 18, 2011:

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!

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2011:

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

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 18, 2011:

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

PR Morgan from Sarasota Florida on April 18, 2011:

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!

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on April 18, 2011:

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

Jason Reuter from Portland, Oregon on April 18, 2011:

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