British Cave Research Association Online Archive

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Rev. William Black's Caving Photograph Album


Reverend William Black

The Reverend Black was born in 1905. In the early 1930s he was working in Cleckheaton, and explored many of the caves in the Yorkshire Dales with a group of friends using home-made ladders. Remarkably, he built his own camera for underground photography, and in the course of the next few years took many superb cave photographs all over the British Isles. These include some important pictures of Penderyn Cave which was destroyed by quarrying shortly after his visit. His photographs were good enough for him to be invited to give a talk on the Irish caves at the BSA Conference in Swansea in 1939.

Rev. Black died in 1974. Seven albums of caving photographs, together with a copy of his autobiography, 'Life of a Twentieth Century Parish Priest', were generously donated on permanent loan to the British Caving Library in 2010 by his family, and we welcome this opportunity to make them more widely available.

The first five photograph albums have a page size of 138 mm by 208 mm, and the other two 202 mm by 270 mm.

Note that some of the cave names in the titles have been corrected from those given in the captions.

Volume I
25 images
Volume II
25 images
Volume IIIa
20 images
Volume IV
28 images
Volume Va
12 images
Volume Vb
24 images
Volume VI
28 images
Volume VII
28 images

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