Kinver Rock Houses 2018-07-26
At Kinver in south Staffordshire there are some houses that were carved into the rock faces of the Permo-Triassic red sandstone. Each room is essentially a hollowed out cave, sealed with lime mortar each year to prevent bits of the crumbly rock falling on to the occupants. These houses were occupied up until the 1960s but their origin is uncertain. This type of rock, wind-blown sand from an ancient desert, is loosely cemented and therefore easy to work with a hammer and chisel.