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Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver 1

By DicksPics
Not an EPZ 'wow' upload but, I hope these images will be of some interest!Smile

Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver, in South Staffordshire, is our nearest National Trust Property, just 3 miles from where I live.

The rock houses were inhabited until the late 50s/early 60s; I used to cycle there many years ago – you could roam and climb amongst these relatively recent ‘cave dwellings’.

V1 shows the new National Trust tearoom and the warden’s accommodation – re-built within the last 20 years or so.

V2 is a ‘then and now’ collage:-

The left hand image was taken by my good lady on her Brownie Instamatic in 1976 with me on the right with our good friends Anne and John and Meg, their Red Setter.

The right hand image was taken this year from more or less the same spot – you can see how the weather has eroded the sandstone and, also, the original position of the roof.

Many appreciative thanks for your views, votes and comments on my ‘The Baptistry Window at Coventry Cathedral’ upload, with special thanks to Dave(ugly), Patty(pentaxpatty) and Danny(Danny1970) for their much valued User Awards!

Not been around much today, trimming hedges, cutting the grass and father-in-law sitting(old age will come to us all, with a bit of luck!); will catch up later.


Tags: Architecture Kinver National Trust Holy Austin Rock Houses

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ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 10:02PM
Lovely images Richard. It's real nice to be able to reflect back on the years and it's good to see the old buildings nicely looked after


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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 10:09PM
Great to have the images to compare - the building looks good to me now
probably helped by the quality digital images of today.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
31 Jul 2014 10:11PM
This sounds a fascinating place to visit, Richard, and so handy for you, almost on your doorstep.
Interesting to see the then and now comparison at V 2.
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 10:16PM
The old photos are priceless.Smile

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 10:20PM
Scary. But image two is a dead ringer for my daughter and son. Blimey my son has a doppleganger.
31 Jul 2014 10:24PM
A great place and great photos of then and now, Richard

Jenny Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 10:27PM
Most interesting to compare the then and now images.
31 Jul 2014 10:33PM
Great images, Richard. The then & now images are fascinating.

senn Plus
7 5 1 Belgium
31 Jul 2014 10:45PM
pretty peace inspiring a spot, .. like particularly the tone of the red
9 10 10 England
31 Jul 2014 10:52PM
Treasures close to home - aren't we lucky.
31 Jul 2014 10:56PM
We certainly are, Joan!!Smile

31 Jul 2014 11:17PM
V1 is a fine composition Richard, V2 is very interesting, I love old photos, should put a few more on,
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2014 11:49PM
A very interesting couple of images Richard, like the write up, great memoriesSmile

Tish1 Plus
5 16 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 12:58AM
You have such an enviable knowledge about the subjects that you photograph, but to have this on your door step and watch it evolve over the years is marvellous................. or perhaps you could not resist another opportunity to air your youthful side.

The knowledge you convey in your write ups really bring your images to life and enhance the skill employed. I have lived in my house 21 years and through photography I am only just discovering what is actually on my door step............... Evidence of how work interrupts life and deprives the individual of quality experiences.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
1 Aug 2014 1:31AM
Fine rusty coloured stonework Richard.
And we are all a bit rusty since 1976 I think !!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 Aug 2014 1:54AM
Very interesting, I truely appreciate the before and after shots, as well as v1, so well refurbished!

(we live in a 150+year house built on a mill site-- and fortunately have copies of some very old pictures of the place--so a close to home image as well)
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Aug 2014 4:36AM
Very interesting images, Richard, well captured. Carol
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 7:12AM
Lucky you to have this gem so close to where you live
V 2 was of interest as well
This is what photography is all about for me
1 Aug 2014 7:52AM
It was good to see V2 and how the place has come back to life, They look like alms houses, we have some near to me in Sheffield that look very simular. Great to see both shots. I love to see old photos too.

Patty GrinGrinGrin
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
1 Aug 2014 7:53AM
Great to have such an interesting place right by your home.
These images are great,
I thought it was you on the right ,and I think that modern cameras these days makes somewhere look much better than the old cameras.
I love looking back at some old pictures I tookSmile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
1 Aug 2014 8:49AM
Good to be able to illustrate your write up with new - old and new Richard.
gss 4 1 Romania
1 Aug 2014 9:25AM
A great return over time, and I really love this kind of small houses. A very good "collage" Richard!
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 9:56AM
Interesting images.

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 10:15AM
Love the compo in V1
but my vote goes for the candids in V2! Grin
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
1 Aug 2014 11:37AM
Very good presentation and write-up.
1 Aug 2014 11:50AM
V1 great composition and the light is spot on Richard always good to see now and then captures a great place to have on your doorstep

Interesting images Richard, so nice to have places like this on your doorstep. I love the composition in both but for me V2 looking through the gate is superb.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
1 Aug 2014 3:06PM
Very delightful buildings, and nice to see they've not been left to fall into disrepair Smile A great set, Richard Wink
Trev Smile
1 Aug 2014 3:17PM
Great texture and colour Richard well found. Lots of ingesting words too.Grin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 4:38PM
2 beautiful images ,

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JuBarney 7 26 3 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 4:49PM
Terrific shots of these lovely old cottages, very typical in Devon for farm workers.
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2014 7:18PM
Well captured, interesting images, Richard. I think these Rock Houses will have to go on my 'to visit' list.

1 Aug 2014 8:41PM
Sounds an interesting place to visit. And your descriptions are always enlightening, Richard.
2 Aug 2014 10:56AM
An interesting piece richard,Excellent narrative and images.

Great light composition and detail. Well done Richard.

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