The Chained Oak

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If you’ve ever been to Alton Towers you’ll likely have been on Hex, the nausea-inducing swing ride in the tower itself. The ride is themed around an old legend concerning the Earl of Shrewsbury. It tells how, returning to his home, Alton Towers, by carriage one autumn evening in the 1840s, he was accosted by an elderly woman who appeared suddenly in the road. She begged for a coin but was cruelly dismissed by the Earl, who ordered her off his land.

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Kinver Edge Rock Houses

tumblr_navggiHgQo1rnseozo1_1280I 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’.

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