Delve deep inside the Hellfire Caves

West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Venture into the Buckinghamshire chalk caves that held the notorious Hellfire Club, founded by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 18th century.

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Excavated by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 1750s, these extraordinary caves were reputed to have hosted the Hellfire Club.

The purpose of the club, which was attended by aristocrats and high society members, was to hold mock religious meetings about classical art with pomp and ceremony in a secluded and luxurious setting.

A tour of the caves takes you along deep winding passages which extend over a quarter of a mile underground and lead past various small chambers to the Banqueting Hall, down over the River Styx (which according to mythology separated the living word from the Underworld) to the Inner Temple, which is about 300 feet beneath the church at the top of the hill.

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