Farnham: Mother Ludlam’s Cave

Mother Ludlams Cave, Farnham, is a natural cave, probably made by a spring. It is shown on a 17th century drawing as a grotto with a paved floor and seats, set in the formal gardens of Moor Park House.

A print from 1773 showing Mother Ludlams Cave, with benches and trees. Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/55/5

A print from 1773 showing Mother Ludlams Cave, with benches and trees. Surrey History Centre ref. 4348/4/55/5

Jonathan Swift, the author of Gullivers Travels, was secretary to the owner of Moor Park House, Sir William Temple.

2 thoughts on “Farnham: Mother Ludlam’s Cave”

  1. Lorna says:

    When i was younger my siblings and i used to play in and around Mother Ludhams cave collecting frogs from the little stream that runs from the entrance to the river Wey it was always an eerie place and very quiet there was a smaller hole above the main cave and it was full of cooking things and old tin pots we were always a bit scared of the legend so we left everything alone but the weird thing was that after having a play and collecting our frogs and placing them securely in our saddle bags on our bicycles, we would ride home only to find upon opening the bags all the frogs had disappeared and there was noway they could have escaped so where did they go? its funny how things stick in your mind but it did help keep the legend alive and now i have a child of my own and i have told her all about this wonderful little bit of Waverly history and i hope she tells her children too.

  2. Brett says:

    I love this story, it reminds me of my youth visiting the cave before it was shut off to the public due to apparent safety issues, really? it has been there for century’s
    The legend goes even deeper, mother ludham would feed any weary travellers until she lent her cauldren to a monk who never returned it, it now resides in the Tilford church i beleive.
    The legend says if the three legged cauldren is returned to the cave then mother ludlam will return too.

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