Photographer's Note

The rock houses were carved out of soft red sandstone, earliest record 1777. Rooms were furnished according to how much was excavated. There were kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms. No running water or electricity. The site became a tourist attraction at the beginning of the 20th century with inhabitants serving teas from their homes. The National Trust has renovated some of them and furnished the rooms as they would have been.
There has been a suggestion that the rock houses were an inspiration for Tolkien's hobbit holes. No proof but he did live for a time in Birmingham not far away!

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