Facts/Fiction

Kinver as has been the subject to many Facts, Myths and Legends over the centuries just as many small to medium size villages that carry such stories usually derived from folklore tales of there time

Here we share just a handful of those

 

  1. Kinver has been subject to many names such as Kinfare, KynFare, Chenfare, Chenevare, Cynefare, these spellings have all been used on various documents and maps.
  2. It is thought likely that the spellings are a corruption of the name Cefn Fawr which is a welsh phrase meaning “Big Ridge” which Kinver has this made up of sandstone.
  3. The ancient Fort lying at the top of Kinver Edge possible dates back to the Bronze age but there is certainty that it existing during the Iron age.
  4. The Church of St Peters overlooking the Kinver Village is situated on an ancient site with the church itself dating back to the 12th Century.
  5. In the late 13th Century the lord of the manor would see The High St laid out as the Burgesses of a new town administered by a borough court, which was separate from the rest of Kinver The White Hart ( Ye olde White Harte ) situated in the centre of the High St dates back to the 14th century and the next oldest dating back to the 15th century is the “Anchor Hotel ” which has now been redeveloped for housing.
  6. Kinver’s industry was known for making Woollen cloth utilising the flow of the river Stour for fulling the mills and dyeing.
  7. Until the 19th century Kinver profited from being a “stop point” on the great Irish road from Bristol to Chester.
  8. During the Civil War there was a short melee between Ticker Fox and the local Parliamentary commander and local Royalist forces on the Kinver heathland.
  9. King Charles II made his way across Whittington heath on his way to nearby Stourbridge when on his flight from the battle of Worcester.
  10. The river would later be used to power finery forges and from 1628 slitting mills, Hide Mill has in the past been said to be the earliest in England , this is incorrectly claimed although it is one of the earliest.
  11. By the late 18th century there were 5 slitting mills in Kinver making it the largest number of any parish in England.
  12. The slitting mills would take iron bars and make them into rods where they would be transported to the nearby Black Country to be made into Nails.
  13. Kinver was the birthplace of Cardinal Reginald Pole , Archbishop of Canterbury who came within a short whisker of the Papacy.
  14. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal network built by James Brindley would open up trade to Kinver in 1771.
  15. During Victorian and Edwardian times Kinver would become a popular tourist attraction for people from the Black Country and Birmingham , they would make use of the 1901 Pole and Wires Kinver Light Railway Tram line.
  16. In around 1892 the Nail shops and forges would cease activities followed in around 1913 by the local ironworks bringing an end to Kinver’s main industrial heritage.

 
 


Myths Legends & Old Wives tales

  1. A panther is said to roam in and around Kinver according to local eyewitness accounts.
  2. It is believed the so call ” Beast of Kinver” was once a household pet that was released into the wild by its owners following the introduction of the 1960 law restricting the keeping of wild animals.
  3. An eyewitness and former police officer claimed the animal resembled a European Lynx.
  4. At the base of Kinver edge lies the Larger Witches Tree , A tree that is is the alleged sighting of many visions and ghosts.
  5. The tree was believed to be the central location for Witch trials and hangings and used to carry out sentences imposed for witchcraft and heresy.
  6. The Scout Camp and surrounding wooded area located between The Edge and St Peters Church is said to be subject to many Ghosts and Spirits.
  7. Lottie who was a person kidnapped from the village in the mid 1850’s but who managed to escape her captors before being chased over The Edge but completely vanished only leaving a trail of footsteps that led to a complete and mysterious stop in the snow is said to roam the area.
  8. Apparitions of a girl walking the streets for drinks and narcotics is said to be another spirit, Her name is unknown but is claimed to have an obvious injury to her left leg and in her early 20’s
  9. Reported sightings of Lady Grey Jane who would reign as Queen of England for just 9 days is said to haunt the building known as The Whittington Inn ( Now renamed as The Manor of Whittington ) located on the outskirts of Kinver adjacent to the A449.
  10. William Howe became infamous in history as the murderer of Benjamin Robins of Dunsley Hall. Howe was to become the penultimate person to be Gibbeted for his crime at nearby Gibbet Lane , His Body being left for all to see as a reminder to criminals of the penalty imposed for such crimes, Mysteriously his corpse disappeared just a few days later never to be found. Many claimed sightings of Howe have been reported over the years around Dunsley, and Gibbet Lane areas.
  11. A famous Story goes that Richard Foley ” Fiddler Foley” once carried out industrial espionage in Sweden by posing as a wandering musician. His reasoning is said to have gained him the knowledge necessary to install his Slitting Mill at The Hyde
  12. Ancestor to Abraham Darby Dud Dudley was said to have attempted his revolutionary innovations at the former Kinver Forge.
  13. Wulfhere King of Mercia dedicated the church of St Peters to the memory of his sons who he had killed in anger when they converted to Christianity

 

 

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