Neil Holman

Neil Holman

Posted on 08/19/2013

Photo taken on August 19, 2013

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Culver Hole

Culver Hole
The Culver Hole cave is reached from the cliffs above by a stone staircase which gives access to the top section of this rather odd structure. Some 60 feet of stonework with a door and windows was built in the 1800s and nicely fits into the rocky crevice, but by whom is uncertain. It seems, according to local legend, that it was built by the pirate John Lucas in order to hide his booty; he also constructed a passageway to link-up with his salthouse to the W of here on the opposite side of the cliffs. Another possibility is that it was built to house pigeons - a sort of columbarium or pigeoncote.

In 1850 a local vicar decided to excavate the cave. He found a huge skull, but unfortunately was unable to get it out through the rock-cut openings for analysis. However, the good vicar also found other animal bones, in particular mammoth bones. Some fragments of Roman pottery were also found here.

One other legend associates the cave with a certain Prince Eynon or Einion, who was defeated in a battle nearby and then decided to live as a hermit in the cave back in the so-called Dark Ages; but again this is very uncertain. There was a St Einion who lived in the 6th century. But this prince has given his name to Port Eynon (Einon) a village just to the N. It is certainly an interesting place to visit [just take care when clambering up and down the stone staircase and on the cliffs above].