A 150-year-old record of Ingleborough Cave has been unearthed at the Ingleborough Estate, Clapham, and will now be reproduced for public viewing.

In 1837, members of the Farrer family of Clapham began exploring the cave, recording their progress and thoughts in ‘The Cave Book’.

The recently rediscovered book, now in a fragile state, has been deposited at the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) archives in Northallerton.

The Ingleborough Estate has given permission for 20 copies to be reproduced, which will be deposited at the Ingleborough Estate, the NYCC archives, Skipton Library’s reference section, the British Geological Survey Library and the six national libraries. The reproduction work is estimated to take around 30 days.

The remaining copies will be available to caving clubs and associations to buy. Email chris.lodge@ydmt.org for more.