Proverbs 15:6

“In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.”


Forty-five minutes’ drive from either Birmingham Airport, England, or Birmingham’s New Street Station, you can reach Kinver Edge – a beautiful spot just outside Kidderminster. There is a small parking lot from which you take a trail uphill to climb the Edge. The view over this part of the West Midlands is spectacular, but you have not just come for the view of the countryside below. You have come to see the Holy Austin Houses.

From the outside, these houses look fairly normal. There is a brick elevation and windows. One of the buildings has a chimney stack. A surprise awaits you, however, when you open the front door and enter.

What magic is this? In a scene something like Doctor Who’s Tardis, you realize that the inside is bigger than the outside. Then you notice that the walls are made of stone. The front elevation merely covers the front of a large cave. These houses are actually cave houses.

The Holy Austin houses are, today, owned by the National Trust – a non-profit organization that helps protect and administer historic monuments around the United Kingdom. The Holy Austin houses are open to the public and are furnished as they would have been when they were occupied. That occupation is fairly recent, by historical standards. They were only abandoned in 1962. Up until 1962, families lived in the houses. I guess you could say that they were cave men and women.

For that is what cave men are. They are men who live in caves. So, when people ask how we fit cave men into the Bible, we can easily explain it.      Author: Paul F. Taylor

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have given so many people so many skills in order to live and work. Amen.

Ref: < >, accessed  Photo: Restored rock houses near Kinver, Staffordshire. (PD)