One for Kevin.

This one is for my step-dad, who grew up in Kinver, where these photos were taken.

The rock houses are dwellings hewn from sandstone rock, inhabited from 1770 until the 1950s. They have since been restored by the National Trust and are open to the public. We had dogs with us so didn’t go inside, but had a lovely walk up to Kinver Edge, with panoramic views over the surrounding counties. Kinver itself is very beautiful, with lots of traditional small shops and historical buildings. I wonder how much it’s changed since Kevin roamed there as a boy?

Here is the National Trust site for the rock houses, and here is an explanation of the geology of the sandstone rocks.

The descent from Kinver Edge was particularly beautiful… broadleaved woodland, big sandstone boulders carved with hundreds of pairs of initials over the years, ferns and mosses growing in the green gloom, a lush and lovely place.

Kinver Rock Houses

Kinver Rock Houses

Well outside the rock house.

Well outside the rock house.

Kinver Rock House

Kinver Rock House

View of Kinver, from Kinver Edge.

View of Kinver, from Kinver Edge.

Initials carved into the sandstone on Kinver Edge.

Initials carved into the sandstone on Kinver Edge.

Kinver Edge descent.

Kinver Edge descent.

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5 thoughts on “One for Kevin.

  1. I never knew houses like this existed in the U.K. Years ago I visited troglodyte houses near Saumur on the Loire. Those had been tunnelled into the soft limestone of the area but it is the same idea. I think yours look prettier. Amelia

  2. So glad you enjoyed your visit to Kinver Edge! There are further rock houses along the lower edge of the escarpment, Nannies Rock and Crows Rock. We would spend days exploring them. The view from the point over the village is restricted, now that the trees have grown. The main street in Kinver has not changed, due to the restrictions caused by the cliff and path to the Church on one side and the river Stour and the canal on the other side. Thank you for this trip into the past! Love Kevin.

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