Friday, May 05, 2017

Caves - the Leicester connection


There we were on a tour, by boat, of Speedwell Cavern in Castleton, and I was sure that the guide mentioned the University of Leicester, and Trevor Ford.  It was in connection with exploration to find out how deep the "Bottomless Pit" would have been before a lot of mining spoil was tipped into it in the 18th century.

So I conducted my own web based exploration.

Trevor Ford was a Senior Lecturer in Geology, starting when the University was still a University College, was had research and outside interests in Derbyshire, the Peak District and in caves and Blue John.

Dr Ford died earlier this year and you can read an obituary here.

He also identified a fossil fern found in Charnwood Forest, and, as it happens, was a student of geology in Sheffield.