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Cave of the Cunning Folk

Nanny's Cave was once the home of a witch - or cunning woman to be precise - known as Meg O' Fox Holes. She lived here on Kinver Edge during the early 1600s where folk would walk up through the surrounding woods to consult her. "Nanny" was a common term used to describe a wisewoman or cunning lady, especially around the Midlands.

The graffiti carved into the sandstone over the centuries has created a surreal atmosphere inside the cave, a chaotic patchwork of symbols and names.

I take a deep dive into the lives of the many witches and cunning folk of the Midlands in my new book The Magic of Mercia, available to purchase at

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