PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART GROUPS EXPLORE CAVES

Members of Crewkerne & District U3A’s photography 1 and art appreciation groups explored caves, that were first quarried 2,000 years ago, when they visited Beer Quarry. Wearing hard hats for protection, the U3A members were given a guided tour of the huge complex of underground caverns, first quarried by the Romans, to which there is a small museum within the Roman section. Stone quarried at Beer in Devon, has been used in the building of 24 cathedrals, which include Exeter and St Paul’s as well as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

The groups discovered that the caves resembled an enormous underground cathedral and that they were used as a place of worship for Roman Catholics during times of persecution and by smugglers for hiding their contraband. In this day and age, the caves provide sanctuary for colonies of bats, who hibernate there during the Winter. The coach trip to Beer also allowed the groups to visit two galleries – the Marine House and Steam Gallery, which features exhibitions of paintings, pottery and glass. Before leaving after lunch for their journey home, U3A members were able to stroll along the beach, enjoy ice creams and take photos.

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