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TITLE
Cave of the Tinkers, Wick
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_3200_P138
PLACENAME
Tinker's Cave, Wick
DISTRICT
Eastern
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Wick
DATE OF IMAGE
1878
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31737
KEYWORDS
caves
cliffs
travelling people
travelling folk
gypsies
travellinged
Cave of the Tinkers, Wick

Cave-dwelling was common among travelling people until the 19th century. Some caves in Britain were occupied until the 20th century. In 1915 cave-dwelling was prohibited under the Defence of the Realm Act, possibly because fires could attract enemy submarines. However, this was only partially successful as there were still cave-dwellers listed in the next census.

The Tinker's Cave near Wick was occupied throughout the 19th century. In 1866 Dr Arthur Mitchell recorded twenty four people living in the cave. A cave as big as the one at Wick would have had several families living in it and each family would have had their own hearth. This suggests the analogy that cave dwelling was not dissimilar to tenement living.

This illustration is taken from 'Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', by John T Reid (1878)

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Cave of the Tinkers, Wick

CAITHNESS: Wick

1870s

caves; cliffs; travelling people; travelling folk; gypsies; travellinged

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Cave-dwelling was common among travelling people until the 19th century. Some caves in Britain were occupied until the 20th century. In 1915 cave-dwelling was prohibited under the Defence of the Realm Act, possibly because fires could attract enemy submarines. However, this was only partially successful as there were still cave-dwellers listed in the next census.<br /> <br /> The Tinker's Cave near Wick was occupied throughout the 19th century. In 1866 Dr Arthur Mitchell recorded twenty four people living in the cave. A cave as big as the one at Wick would have had several families living in it and each family would have had their own hearth. This suggests the analogy that cave dwelling was not dissimilar to tenement living.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', by John T Reid (1878)