Wilson's Cave

Wilson's Cave
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Access to Wilson's Cave via a small ladder within the tunnel system inside the Rock of Gibraltar
LocationGibraltar
Coordinates36°08′09″N 5°21′10″W / 36.1357°N 5.3528°W / 36.1357; -5.3528Coordinates: 36°08′09″N 5°21′10″W / 36.1357°N 5.3528°W / 36.1357; -5.3528
DiscoveryWorld War II
GeologyLimestone
Entrances1
LightingNo

Wilson's Cave is a cave in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.[1] It was named after Major W. H. Wilson, Royal Engineers, Company Commander.[2]

Location

Magazine Ramp, Great North Road Tunnel (circa 1944).[3]

History

Wilson's Cave is a large natural limestone cave within the Rock of Gibraltar. It was discovered by the military during World War II during excavation of Magazine Ramp near Green Lane Magazine[4] whilst carrying out extensive tunnelling within the Rock. The miners were developing a structure to absorb a possible blast (known as a blast trap) from an exploding magazine when part of the tunnel caved into the natural cavity. The magazine was served from Doncaster Adit off the Great North Road which supplied vehicular access to the outside.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Location of Caves - Gibraltar". Scribd. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ "The Gibraltar Tunnels" by Tito Vallejo
  3. ^ "The Gibraltar Tunnels" by Tito Vallejo
  4. ^ "The Gibraltar Tunnels" by Tito Vallejo
  5. ^ "Doncaster Adit ...see index". DiscoverGibraltar.com. Retrieved 7 May 2013.


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