SU8294 : Hellfire Caves, Church Lane, West Wycombe

taken 22 years ago, near to West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Hellfire Caves, Church Lane, West Wycombe
Hellfire Caves, Church Lane, West Wycombe
The caves were used as a meeting place for Sir Francis Dashwood's notorious Hellfire Club,whose members included various politically and socially important 18th century figures. Though not believed to have been a member, Benjamin Franklin was a close friend of Dashwood who visited the caves on more than one occasion. The Hellfire Club had previously used Medmenham Abbey, 8 miles (13 km) away from West Wycombe on the River Thames, as a meeting place, but the caves at West Wycombe were used for meetings in the 1750s and early 1760s. At the time, Sir Francis' club was not known as the Hellfire Club, this name was given much later. His club used other names, such as The Brotherhood of St. Francis of Wycombe, Order of Knights of West Wycombe, and The Order of the Friars of St. Francis of West Wycombe.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 4 April, 1999   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8294 9481 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.7588N 0:48.1619W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 8294 9480
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