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Thread: Excelsior Tunnel, Cornwall - April 2008

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    Well well, a lot of history to this place, briefly though:
    THE EARLY HISTORY
    The Excelsior mine sett at one time embraced much of the Kit Hill area, just over a mile N. E. of Callington in Cornwall, but the name later came to be more closely associated with the Excelsior Tunnel, sometimes known at Kit Hill Tunnel
    In 1959 the Excelsior Tunnel was to take on a more sinister role. In the mid 1950's the 'cold war' between the Western powers and the Soviet Union was at its height but both sides were looking for a limitation to the bitter nuclear arms race. Negotiations on a test ban treaty started in 1958. As part of this treaty it was necessary to ensure that neither side was able to carry out secret undetected tests.
    A team of geophysicists at the UK Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE) at Foulness was asked if a simple test could be carried out quickly. A small experiment was set up with two charges of explosives in a 20 feet deep bore hole in a bed of clay. The first 65 lb charge formed a large hole, and the second 2 lb charge suspended in the hole was 'decoupled' according to the Latter theory.
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    Nice pics, like the one of the gate:)
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    Interesting history & a nice set of pics! :) You've lit it really well down there-pic three specially!
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    Please rember that you should not be using specific dates on this forum. You also don't need to put "REPORT" in the title.

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    :o Sorry, my bad! Was multi tasking at the time. Won't happen again

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqwasher View Post
    Interesting history & a nice set of pics! :) You've lit it really well down there-pic three specially!
    Thanks

    I'm planning a re-visit soon, will try and 'play' with the lighting a bit and hopefully get some better results, it was my first explore, so overall pleased with the results

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    Great looking place...lots of interesting nooks and crannies. Excellent photos. Really enjoyed reading the history too. Good stuff! :)
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    Some excellent shots there

    Check out my pics on www.darkplaces.co.uk

    I need a return trip soon, as my shots were just quick snaps

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    Let me know if you want some company on a re-visit G
    Would be nice to make a decent trip out of it :)

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    Very nice explore and great pic's :)
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