Lynford landmark to star in Channel 5 series

Grime's Graves in Lynford is featuring in a Channel 5 series, Underground Britain; pictured: Rob Bell and Dr Miles Russell ANL-141114-165835001
Grime's Graves in Lynford is featuring in a Channel 5 series, Underground Britain; pictured: Rob Bell and Dr Miles Russell ANL-141114-165835001
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An ancient historical site near Thetford is starring in a series on Channel 5 next week.

Grime’s Graves, in Lynford, will be the subject of a programme in the Underground Britain series, airing on television on Thursday (November 20).

Britain’s only Neolithic flint mine features in the fifth episode of the series, which follows adrenalin junkie and engineer Rob Bell as he crawls and clambers through some of Britain’s most extraordinary subterranean sites.

In the programme he will meet Dr Miles Russell to learn about the flint industry that was established 5,000 years ago, before learning more about the life-saving work of the Mine Rescue Service.

The grassy lunar landscape of 400 pits were first called Grime’s Graves by the Anglo Saxons, and were only discovered as stone-age flint mines when one was excavated in 1870.

English Heritage area manager for the East of England Mark Ellis said: “We were delighted to welcome the film crew into Grime’s Graves and this Site of Scientific Special Interest to help us showcase this fascinating and unique place.

“It really is a hidden gem and hopefully being featured on the programme will inspire people to come along and discover this fantastic Neolithic site when we re-open to visitors next year.”

The site, currently closed for the winter season, will reopen to visitors at the end of March.