THE POST OFFICE, CHEDDAR AND WILLIAM HILL 1860 - 1880s
LITTLE COTTAGES IN CHEDDAR GORGE 1860 - 1880
In the middle of the 19th century there was a well established community living and working in the lower part of Cheddar Gorge. Tourism would only have started to figure in the local economy to any significant degree with the discovery and development of Cox's show cave in 1837/38, and Gough's cave some forty or so years later. The arrival of the railway in 1869 must have greatly accelerated the development of the tourist industry we see today. Against this background a number of very humble and poorly constructed cottages had been errected along the Western roadside of the Gorge, adjacent to , and just above the present Gough's cave complex....to read the full text of this article by David Mather, please click HERE.