I dragged my parents to see these! The Rock Houses of Kinver Edge were the last troglodyte dwellings occupied in Britain.
Set high in the rock face just above Kinver, Staffordshire, the Rock Houses are said to have first been inhabited from at least the 18th century, as reported by Joseph Heely who wrote of taking refuge with a ‘clean and decent family’ in an ‘exceedingly curious rock’.
You enter through one of these rather ordinary looking, except for the fact they’re in a rock face, front doors.
Then there are these chambers and corridors carved through the rock inside.
The rock is sandstone, so while it’s sturdy enough to hold above your head, it was soft enough to scrape away into these rooms.
Kinver Edge is owned by the National Trust and they’re doing a great job of preserving this. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I highly recommend their membership to save a bit of money (I don’t work for the Nation Trust, I just loves ’em).
They also have a great sense of humour… Don’t pretend your first thought when you read about these wasn’t ‘oh my God, real life hobbits!’. They obviously thought that too and there’s a little tribute in one of the rock faces if you can spot it: