Emmer Green (Hanover) Chalk Mine

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The Emmer Green (Hanover) Chalk Mine is an extensive abandoned subterranean chalk mine at Emmer Green, north of Reading in Berkshire, located just north of the junction of Peppard Road & Kiln Lane (OS Grid Ref: SU722769). The mine is so named because the land is now owned by the Hanover Housing Association who have a development adjacent at Wordsworth Court.[1] The mine is one of a number of known mines in the Emmer Green and Reading area where chalk mining was often done in conjunction with brick making as chalk and clay are found together in the area and chalk was use in the making of bricks.[2] It is likely other abandoned mines remain undiscovered. The area was once known as Rose Hill and contained brickfield and chalk mining works.

The mine was discovered in 1977 during building works.[3] Access is through a 50ft fixed steel ladder in a narrow vertical shaft below a locked iron cover.[2]


  1. ^ Caversham Wordsworth Court. Hanover Housing Association, 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Site Name: Emmer Green (Hanover) South Chalk Mine. Subterranea Britannica, 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2011. Archived here (first page only).
  3. ^ Work to start on Reading homes built on chalk mines. BBC News Berkshire, 3 September 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2011.

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Coordinates: 51°29′12″N 0°57′38″W / 51.4867°N 0.9605°W / 51.4867; -0.9605