CRANK CAVERNS, PRE INVESTIGATION/EXPLORE
There is something about this place that grabs your attention along with the energy that surrounds the whole area of the woods. This is not your ordinary abandoned cave or disused quarry. there is something about this place that is shrouded in mystery. The storys, myths & legends literally go on and on!
We have come to do a quick explore/Pre investigation to get a feel of the place and it was quite apparent that the story’s may possibly be true. Within the first 15 minutes of being here we started to witness unexplained things and a dark feeling of being watched.
Crank Caverns is the common name of the remains of the Rainford Delph Quarry near Crank in St. Helens, Merseyside. It is a network of underground tunnels and caverns, as well as an extensive woodland. Information in the St. Helens local history archives states that sandstone quarrying began here as early as 1730. As the quarry expanded, the cost of purchasing land to open cast mine it increased, so it was decided to opt for a different method. Instead of quarrying out the stone, they would mine it out, following a seam of stone until it ran out. This resulted in the network of caves, tunnels and shafts we see today. Rainford Delph is listed as a Colliery by 1854, under the ownership of Charles Howarth or Yorkshire Charlie as he was known locally by 1880. Mining finally ceased and the woods and caverns were used as a game reserve by the Earl of Derby until 1939, when they became a storage facility for ammunition for the anti-aircraft position at Crank. After the war, the caverns ceased use as a game reserve. Today, Crank Caverns are not officially open to the publicand due to their increasing instability, attempts have been made to close access to the caverns and tunnels themselves. Despite this, the site is still physically accessible from a nearby public footpath and is still a draw for generations of curious locals who wish to explore, many having heard the numerous local myths and legends from an early age.
MYTHS & LEGENDS:
There are numerous myths and legends associated with the caverns. The most well known is that during the Reformation local Catholics being persecuted by King Henry VIII (1491–1547) took shelter in the caverns and conducted secret mass there, but mining on the quarry only began in about 1730. Some stories report the caves running to, amongst other places, Up Holland in Lancashire, Church of St Mary, Lowe House in St. Helens and Moss Bank in St. Helens, another stated that there was in fact a tunnel running some seven miles from St. Helens Town Hall to Crank Caverns in order to conduct ‘secret’ hangings.
“Vicious dwarves” were once rumored to inhabit a labyrinth of caverns in Crank. In the late 18th century four children decided to explore the sandstone caverns and vanished. One child survived and told a terrifying tale about small old men with beards who killed his three friends and chased him. The petrified child stumbled over human bones in the caves and finally managed to scramble through an opening to the surface as a hand was grabbing at his ankle. The authorities were concerned because a number of people had gone missing in the area near the cave entrances. Two heavily armed soldiers descended into the caverns with torches and claimed that they not only found a heap of human bones, they also found the ruins of an ancient church of some unknown denomination. The interior of the church was lit by three large candles and grotesque gargoyles formed part of an altar. Throughout the exploration of the underground, the soldiers said they felt as if they were being watched, and also heard voices speaking in an unknown language. One report said that a child’s head was found in a cave, along with evidence of cannibalism. After a second investigation, the caves either collapsed or gunpowder was used to seal them.
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century there was a story that for boys and came investigate in the cabins and only one of them came out and he was terrified and they'd been chased by a little man apparently and what else two soldiers have been down and they reported feeling that they were being watched oh and they found human remains and the remains of a child's head that looked like it had been eaten so yeah hopefully things like that yeah understood that and basically this is a guy called Sir Edmund is it sir and sir Edmund Arrowsmith and basically he was a priest who everybody thought had magical powers healing powers so they've got his hand in a church in Ashton and make a field which I believe is is not a dominant role and and because of the healing powers of that one and the hand is still used today to bless people and very interesting okay did you what I've just seen no no wait a minute hey what no no I've just seen like some weird oh I just see my markers it was a better service better silhouette clover 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but you can even the way on you after whatever your film is getting through them no no no what it's not what something fuck you up you know you shouldn't do it I'm get it pinned oh never mind climb in Thompson really goes almost forever oh yeah I'll just walk out it's too much I can't I can't cope with it with the environment thinking about getting out with why oh well I'm won't be doing it's just to let you guys know that I wouldn't be doing this normally I'm gonna do this just do buns just for you guys just for you guys y'all right no yeah I'm Krista farmer as well oh right what hey that's the pot guys I thought they wanted holy shit sign a wet patch it up site it is a site squeeze in it sorry there yeah she was sandal yeah I'll shit remedy I got it I just open up a bit now I believe my doctor are you yeah well I don't think we'll be going very far with no sub site oh yeah oh yeah goes under yeah the super pops there as well sir yeah what's the what you meant by the road day see that 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