Kinver  Staffordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kinver like this:

KINFARE, or KINVER, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wolverhampton district, Stafford. The town stands on the river Stour and the Stafford canal, near the boundary with Worcester, 3¾ miles NW of Churchill r. station, and 4 WSW of Stourbridge; was anciently a place of considerable importance, long a borough and a market town, noted for the manufacture of woollen cloth; figures now in connexion with the extensive ironworks of Hyde and Whittington, where spades, shovels, and other wares, are largely made; and has a postoffice‡ under Stourbridge, a church, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a grammar school, a national school, and fairs on the last Tuesday of Feb., the second Tuesday of May, and the third Tuesday of Nov. ...

The church stands on a lofty site; is ancient, with a tower; was restored in 1836; and containS some ancient monuments. The grammar school has £114 a year from endowment; and other charities have £128. Pop. of the town in 1861, 2, 163. Houses, 449.—The parish includes the manor of Whittington, and the hamlet of Compton. Acres, 8, 790. Real property, £20, 543; of which £5, 160 are in iron works, and £76 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2, 872; in 1861, 3, 551. Houses, 712. The increase of pop. arose from the operations of Freehold Land Societies. The manors belong to H. Wentworth Foley, Esq., M.P., and to the Earl of Stamford. A Saxon camp, 900 feet long and 600 feet wide, with a barrow, and with a notched stone 12 feet round and 6 feet high, is on a small plain on the S side of Kinfare-Edge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £200. Patrons, Trustees.—The sub-district contains also two other parishes. Acres, 16, 391. Pop., 4, 832. Houses, 963.

Kinver through time

Kinver is now part of South Staffordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Staffordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kinver itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kinver in South Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 12th July 2020

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