If I could turn back time

Puffin the camper van was fired up and off we set to visit some of our old haunts from the past. 50 odd years in our past to be precise.

Destination Kinver,  Staffordshire, where I grew up and spent my childhood creating havoc. If i hadn’t left when I was eighteen, I’m sure I would have been run out of town by a mob with pitchforks.

Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge was the the reason for our visit. In particular the Rock houses on the Edge. Now owned by the National Trust who restored the site having been gifted it in 1967. It was opened to the public in 1997. The Holy Austin Rock houses were cave dwellings carved into the sandstone that had been occupied from 1617 until the final residents were moved out in 1964.

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Yes you are reading this correctly, I lived in a village were people lived in caves. I went to school with cave dwellers. Once the caves were empty they became our playground. Being soft sand stone all the walls had names carved in them by generations of kids including mine, but I couldn’t find them.

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This is well worth a visit if your in the area. The restoration is amazing.

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As dogs weren’t allowed in the rooms we took it in turns to walk around. Of course once the Extreme knitter got into the the room with the sewing machine she was gone for ages.

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The Extreme knitter resting with Elsie and in there somewhere is Ruby.

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The trip was completed with a visit to Bridgnorth and a ride on my favourite funicular.

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7 thoughts on “If I could turn back time

    • It’s funny how you don’t appreciate the joys of your youth until you look back. We just took it all for granted, knowing nothing else, but like all teenagers I couldn’t resist the pull of the bright lights. 🙂 Seriously though, the whole of Kinver Edge is worth a visit. There is also a secret underground bunker underneath the hill called Drakelow Tunnels. It was used during the war a manufacturing facility for Rover then later as a bunker for the leaders of the land. They do sometimes open it up for visits. The views from the top of the edge are stunning. On a clear day you can see (I think) 5 counties. Oops I suppose it’s not a secret bunker anymore now I’ve mentioned it 🙂

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