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Welcome to the Sidcot School Speleological Society

Welcome to the online Sidcot School Speleological Society (or SSSS for short). This club exists to enable current and past members of the SSSS to share stories, photos and cave surveys - and more!
9 Jun 2022
Written by Rachele Snowden
Club News
1969 Caving Club
1969 Caving Club

The SSSS was first formed in the 1920's and it has enjoyed a long and illustrious membership since inception. Many Sidcotians recount their caving memories with great affection when they visit the School and there are certainly some great stories that have been told!

 Although there was limited participation in the SSSS from the mid-1990's, our new Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator Steph Tidey has rekindled a love for climbing and caving among our current pupils. Since 2018, caving now regularly features as part of our PASS activity programme on a Wednesday afternoon. We are also very grateful to our caving community, who recently donated funds to our current caving club to enable us to buy some invaluable new equipment.  

Do you remember making an entry into one of the many caving log books? We have an online record of all the log books available here and we have a catalogue of all the log books in the Archive Rooms, a list of which are available below. We also have an impressive array of surveys available too. You may even be the author of one of these - please let us know if that's the case and we can arrange to share these with you next time you visit School. In due course we are hoping to have all these surveys scanned so they can be shared digitally.  

Please let us know if you have caving stories and photo's to share with us and we would be happy to share them via the club pages. 


1929-1930Speleological Diary (section A.2)   

1936-1938Caving club Log book1  

1941-1944Caving club Log book2  

1944-1947Caving club Log book3  

1947-1949Caving club Log book4  

1949-1952Caving club Log book5  

1952-1953Caving club Log book6  

1953-1954Caving club Log book7  

1954-1956Caving club Log book8  

1956-1958Caving club Log book9  

  10 Missing

October 1959- 6th Feb 1961Caving club Log book11  

  12 Missing 

1962 -1963Caving Club Log Book 13  

1963-1964Caving club Log book 14  

1964-1968Caving club Log book15  

1968 - 1969Caving Club Log Book 16  

  17 Missing

1939-1961Caving Club minue book    

1958-1959The Sidcot School S.S minute books   

1961Sidcot School Caving Club minute book   

1970Decent Caving magazine  4 

1907The Netherworld of Mendip- Baker & Balch   

1976Catalogue of SSSS Surveys  Surveys completed by Sidcot Caving Club

1936-1964Index to log books   

1970's & 80'sVarious Caving Equitment catalogues and permits etc.   Box folder

1971-1972Caving Club logs notebook  Notes, pics, diagrams

1972-74Caving Club Log Book    

1975-1976Caving Club Log Book   

1977Caving Club Log Book   

1977-1978Caving Club Log Book   

1952Caving logs & Pictures by Charles Smith    

1953-1970Scragg's & Bos Swallet Log book   

 SSSS Including log bookNo.17 CD

1955-1956Ludwell Cave Dig file of notes and drawings   

 DVD- containg logbooks, surveys, pics, meetings etc  Contains all log books apart from 10-17 (which were all missing at the time)

24th August 2005Sidcot School Speleological society Documentation  Alan Grey- Chairman Axbridge Caving club

1940's- 1970'sCaving club Correspondence   

1951Swaebrick caving logs  Report by Thomas Geoffrey & John Swarbrick 

1923-1925Caving Club Log Book with Pics, maps and diagrams   

CAVE SURVEYS - Completed 1940 - 1970 

Cave Surveys 

1940's - 70's The Caves of Ceddar Gorge & Neighbourhood 

 Longwood August System 

 Swildons Hole 1 & 2

 Stoke Lane Stocker 

 Caves of West & Central Mendip 

 Goatchurch Cavern 

 Lamb Lear Cavern 

 Stalagtite Cave 

 Reads Grotto 

 Sining River Mine 

 Stoke Lane 

 Sidcot Swallet 1 

 Sidcot Swallet 2

 Sandford Rift Shafts 

 Pearl Mine 

 Shaft 120

 Whispering Gallery 

 Saville Row 

 Mine near shaft 120 

 The Levvy 

 Skeleton Rift 

 Egg Hole 

 Scum Hole 

 Ellis's Wonder 

 Udders Hole 

 Tripple Hole 

 St Cuthberts Swallet

 Thrupe Lane Swallet

 Boss Swallet

 Manor Farm Swallet

 East Water Cavern 

 Balchers Hole

 Foxes Hole 

 Reads Cavern 

 Denny's Hole 

 Agen Allwed

 The Caverns of Moss Scar 

 Boss Swallet 

 Index of caves and their difficulty

 Photos of G Atkinson doing the dig 



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