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Kinver has, at various times in the past, been spelt on maps and documents as: Kinfare, Kynfare, Chenfare, Chenevare, Chenefare (as listed in the Domesday Book) and Cynefare. It is thought likely that it is a corruption of Cefn Fawr - [Common Brittonic] phrase meaning Big Ridge, featuring, as it does, a big sandstone ridge. The ancient Hill Fort atop the Edge is of possible Bronze-age and certainly Iron Age origin. A Roman presence at nearby Greensforge Fort dates from around 47 AD.

Kinver Brewery Company, CAMRA West Midlands Champions 2012 and 2013. An award winning independent brewery based in the picturesque village of Kinver, South Staffordshire. The brewery uses traditional floor malted Maris Otter barley and hops from a wide range of sources including Worcestershire, America, Czech Rebublic and Germany.

There is a long-standing tradition that Wulfhere King of Mercia (succeeded 657) dedicated the parish church of St Peter in memory of his sons, Wulphad and Ruffius, who he had killed in anger when they converted to Christianity (Seisdon Council Guide, 1966).

According to local eye witness accounts,[citation needed] a panther may roam the woods and fields of Kinver. It is believed this so-called 'Beast of Kinver' was once kept as a pet but was released into the wild when new laws restricting the keeping of wild animals were introduced in the 1960s. A former policeman who saw the creature described it as resembling a European Lynx.

Kinver Country Fayre is a yearly event that takes place on Father's Day and attracts thousands of visitors to the village. There is also a Christmas "Big Tree" event that celebrates the lighting of a large Christmas tree situated in front of the library.

Later, the river was used to power finery forges and from 1628 the first slitting mills, including Hyde Mill which has been claimed (incorrectly) as the earliest in England, though it certainly was among the earliest. There were five slitting mills in the parish by the late 18th century, more than any other parish in Great Britain. These slit bars of iron into rods to be made into nails in the nearby Black Country.[2]

Kinver Edge comprises 280 acres of land owned by the National Trust and open to the public. To the south of this (in Worcestershire) is Kingsford Country Park. The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal which runs through the parish is popular with boaters, particularly in the summer months.

Other myths and legends include the sightings of many ghosts and spirits, especially around the area of the Scout Camp which is situated between the Edge and St Peter's church. Ghosts here include the mysterious Lottie who was kidnapped from the nearby village in the mid-1850s but escaped her captors only to be chased over the Edge before her footprints mysteriously disappeared from the snowy track.[citation needed]

The National Trust-owned beauty spot of Kinver Edge lies to the south-west of the village at 52°26′59″N 2°14′31″W / 52.44985°N 2.24205°W / 52.44985; -2.24205.[4] There are notable rock or cave houses on Kinver Edge, carved from the sandstone, some inhabited as late as the 1960s.[5] Some of the rock houses have been restored to their former inhabited states.[5]

A recent development is the now annual Kinver Music Festival.

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The Kinver Edge Committee are a group of volunteers helping to preserve Kinver's beautiful landscape.

During World War II the tunnels housed a factory which would have been used to build aircraft engines should the main supply factory in Birmingham ever have been bombed.

St. Peter's Church can be seen from most points of the village. It has a rich history and superb architecture.

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The larger Witch's Tree at the base of the Edge is also renowned for various visions and sightings. This was believed to be the central location for the Witch trials in the area and several women were believed to be hanged for witchcraft and heresy.

Kinver was known for making sturdy woollen cloth, using the flow of the Stour for fulling mills and dyeing. The village also profited from being a stop on the great "Irish Road" from Bristol to Chester (until the 19th century, the port of embarkation for Ireland), the 'White Hart' being the oldest and largest inn.

Several hamlets lie in the parish of Kinver, including Compton, Stourton and Whittington. The neighbouring village of Enville is in its own parish.

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In Victorian and Edwardian times it was a popular Sunday day out for people from Birmingham and the Black Country, via a 1901 pole & wires tram extension that ran across the fields, the "Kinver Light Railway".

St. Peter's Church, the village and parish church sits in a prominent position on a hill just south of the village.

Kinver Light Railway, an innovative electric light tramway opened on 4 April 1901 and helped establish the local tourism industry. However, as buses became more popular during the 1920s, it was eventually closed on 8 February 1930.

The National Trust looks after Kinver Edge and the surrounding countryside. You can visit the rock caves and have a cuppa at the rock house tea rooms.

Kinver has a rich history, some of it is documented here.

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During the Cold War the tunnels were turned into an RGHQ (Regional Government Headquarters). In the event of Nuclear War Government officials, VIPs and heads of the regional military and emergency services would be housed here safely away from falling bombs and the effects of radiation and nuclear fallout.

Robert Plant lives near by and is a regular visitor to the village.

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Tony Marsh, the sixtimes RAC Hillclimb Champion also lived in the village. (see Wikipedia page and http://www.500race.org/Men/Marsh.htm)

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The nailshops and forges ceased work around 1892, and local ironworks are thought to have all closed in about 1912 or 1913.


The village has three schools: Foley Infant School, Brindley Heath Junior School and Kinver High School, now part of the Invictus Multi Academy Trust. The Infant school rings the home time bell 20 minutes before the Junior or High Schools. This is to allow the parents collecting children from both sites to cover the three quarters of a mile journey.

In 1771 the area was opened up to trade by the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal, built by James Brindley.

Kinver Brewery was established in 2004. The brewery won the Champion Beer of Britain Gold Medal at the National Winter Ales Festival 2014 for "Over the Edge" in the Barley Wine and Strong Old Ale category.

With sweeping views, a wildlife haven in the heath and unique homes carved straight into the rock...Kinver Edge is full of surprises.

The main pub, The White Hart, dates from the 14th century, and the Anchor Hotel (now developed as housing) from the 15th Century. The Grammar School, although it closed as a school in 1915, is 16th Century.

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The hilltop church is on a very ancient site, and the current church, dedicated to St. Peter dates from the 12th century. The village High Street was laid out as the burgages of a new town by the lord of the manor in the late 13th century and was administered by a borough court, separate for the manorial court for the rest of the manor of Kinver and Stourton (known as Kinfare Foreign).