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Total Population 30.4%
No. Over 60 20.6%
No. Under 18  
No. BME  
Indices of Deprivation  
Area KM2  
Population Density KM2  
 Financial Information
Annual Budget  
Annual Precept £144,709.00
Grants Received  
Spending per Resident  
Average Council Tax Band £44.70


History of Kinver


Kinver is very rich in Royal and ancient history, and its name is derived from ‘Chene Vare,’ meaning ‘A Royal Rose.’ The village lies at the foot of a straggling range of hills. These hills were much used in ancient times as observation points and strong posts for the defence of the locality.
The Romans used the hills for that purpose and there are still traces of a large Roman Camp on Kinver Edge, 300 yards long and 180 yards wide. Wulphere, the first Christian King of Mercia, fortified Kinver Edge during the 7th century and there are still traces of these early defensive earthworks.
From the 7th century until the Norman Conquest the earl who ruled Mercia owned the land. After the Norman Conquest the Norman kings made it a ‘Royal Manor and Forest.’ The forests were much used by King John during his reign who, when hunting in the locality, took up residence at Stourton Castle, which is still in excellent condition, and occupied. At Stourton Castle are recorded many incidents of murders, Royal births, sieges, and the Civil War.
At the extreme eastern end of the cliff top stands the magnificent old church of St Peter’s of the Rock dedicated to the memory of the first King of Mercia’s two murdered sons, Wulphad and Ruffinus.
In the church are monuments with the arms of the families of Hampton Grey, Worwood, and Compton (Comber) of Kinfayre Hall. A document, in which Charles I confirmed to the tenants and inhabitants of Kinver the privileges granted by previous Charters, is preserved in the vestry of Kinver Church.
The district is very rich in traces and evidence of ancient Troglodyte dwellings. These dwellings were cut out in the sand- stone rock and can still be found at Gibraltar, Dunsley; Holy Austin Rock; Nanny’s Rock; and Meg-o-Fox Hole. Some of the rock houses have been restored and are opened by The National Trust.
At one time, Kinver was busy with several splitting mills and forges on the banks of the River Stour. These works have all been closed and no longer exist.
Kinver Edge, with its many acres of gorse, woodland, and heather, is now also owned by the National Trust, and this delightful spot, with its lovely views of the grand surrounding country, makes an ideal tourists resort. The area has a long and illustrious history as a focus for tourists.
Kinver’s long High Street, with a variety of building styles and periods, is centred on mediaeval burgage plots which stretch back to the River Stour on one side, and Church Hill on the other. The village is well provided with shops for locals and tourists alike, and a wealth of places to eat and drink.
Many thousands of visitors come every year to Kinver, which has for long been known as the Switzerland of the Midlands. This name was given to it by the British Electric Tramways Company, whose Kinver Light Railway brought tens of thousands of people there annually from all parts of the Black Country. The line operated from 5 April 1901 until 8 February 1930, and would have proven to be the most enormous tourist magnet had it survived.
Information taken from South Staffordshire Reviewed with the permission of Paul Collins and Craig Walker



Contact Details for the Parish Chairmen & Clerk


Compton Hall Farmhouse

St Peters Church





Cllr Mr Henry Williams

Tel: (01384) 878021




Mrs. J. Spaull,

Tel: (01384) 873878


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