Lacys Caves
Penrith, East Cumbria

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Lacy's Caves are a unique historical tourist attraction situated at Glassonby. The man made caves which were originally created as a decorative folly in the 1800's are now a favourite visiting place and attract people from far and wide to hear their story.   

A delightful stroll along the River Eden near Penrith leads to the magnificent, man made Lacy's Caves. Lacy's Caves consist of five man made chambers carved out of the sandstone cliffs directly above the River Eden at Glassonby just to the north of the village of Little Salkeld.

The caves were commissioned in the eighteenth century by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Lacy who lived in nearby Salkeld Hall and was infamous for once attempting to blow up the stones of the Long Meg and her Daughters Stone Circle. Lacy decided to blast the prehistoric monument with gunpowder. However, commencement of the work coincided with a violent thunderstorm, which was interpreted by the labourers as a supernatural warning and they refused to continue the work, thereafter Lacy had a change of heart.

The caves were used by Colonel Lacy as a romantic folly for entertaining his guests and the area was originally planted with ornamental gardens, containing colourful rhododendrons, some of which still survive. Lacy's Caves may have been an attempt to replicate the Wetherall Caves that lie further up the River Eden. It is reported that Lacy even employed a man as a hermit to give an authentic appearance to the caves!

 

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