The Hellfire Caves
  • The Hellfire Caves

  • Event Date : Saturday, 13 October 2012
  • Start Time  : 8pm
  • End Time    : 2am
  • Address      : High Wycombe

About this location

Unbelievable ! This trip to the Hell-Fire (West Wycombe) Caves will not be just a ghost hunt, but will be a true night to remember, as we investigate the reported paranormal activity and sightings of ghosts in these superb atmospheric surroundings

It is said that these caves originated as a chalk mine centuries ago and visible pick axe marks bear witness to the mining of chalk and flint commissioned by Sir Francis Dashwood in the 1740s which resulted in the wonderful hand-dug caves we see today.

The design of the caves, extending over a half a mile and to a depth of 300ft comprises a number of named chambers connected by long tunnels. To reach the ultimate cave entitled the Inner Temple, it is necessary to pass through the Steward's Cave, Banqueting Hall and Miners' Hall amongst others before crossing a subterranean river, named after the River Styx, the river, which in Greek mythology, separated the mortal world from the immortal, across which the souls of the dead were ferried. The location of the Inner Temple lies directly beneath St Lawrence's Church and is said to represent the line between Heaven and Hell.

Do the names of these chambers provide an insight into the activities which took place at meetings of the infamous Hell-Fire Club founded by Dashwood held during the 1750s and 60s ? Members of the exclusive and secret Club, known originally as The Brotherhood of, Knights of, or Friars of St Francis of Wycombe came from political and high social circles and reportedly took part in pagan rituals and black magic, not to mention orgies.

Dashwood was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1762, but had to resign the next year after near-riots occurred in response to his increasing the tax on cider. Over the next few years, due to members' circumstances changing, Hell-Fire Club could no longer continue and was dissolved in 1766.

Could our paranormal investigations encourage the ghosts of those who worked or played in these caves to reveal their amazing experiences ?

One of the ghosts said to haunt the area is that of Paul Whitehead, former steward of the Club, who, upon his death, bequeathed to founder Dashwood his heart, which was kept in an urn until it was stolen in 1829. It is said that his spirit has been seen on many occasions, searching for his heart.

Visions of Sukie, the White Lady or Ghost Bride have also been reported in the caves. Sukie, a young maid from a local Inn became enamoured with a local aristocrat. Having responded to a message supposedly from her lover to meet him for a wedding ceremony in the caves, she found this was a prank and threw stones at the three local boys responsible. She was knocked unconscious in the caves by a rock thrown back at her and died that night having been carried back to the Inn. Is it Sukie in her wedding dress who can still be seen walking along the corridors of her attack site ?

Join us at Hell-Fire Caves for the most fantastic night of ghost hunting and contribute to our paranormal investigations into this wondrous location

Included on this event

  • Use Of Equipment
  • Light Supper
  • 2 x Refreshments
  • Use Of Equipment