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The Cavern of Lost Souls

Just how difficult can it be to tow an old car to the junkyard to be dismantled, crushed and recycled? Too much, if you ask the council of Corris Uchaf in north Wales. For decades, residents of this small village have been dumping their unwanted vehicles, old television sets, refrigerators and other household items through a hole in the mountains.

Cavern of Lost Souls

Photo credit: Robin Friend

Corris Uchaf was once surrounded by many slate quarries that have now exhausted their produce and are abandoned making them convenient dumping ground for refuse. The mine in these photographs is the Gaewern Slate Mine that opened in the early 1800s and operated until 1906, when lack of demand for slate led it to its closure. After the First World War the mine was revived and continued working sporadically until final closure in 1971. Its transition to a subterranean junkyard began some time later. The village’s little secret was discovered by urban explorers a couple of years ago. Photographs of the tangled mass of metals from hundreds of rusted cars have drawn in photographers and cave explorers from all around Britain. The mine has been nicknamed “the Cavern of Lost Souls”.

Cavern of Lost Souls

Photo credit: Urbexground

Cavern of Lost Souls

Photo credit: Urbexground

Cavern of Lost Souls

Photo credit: Gareth Owen

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