village of Kinver lies on the River Stour.
south of the village, standing on prominent hill, is the parish
church of St Peter. Set
on an ancient site, the current church dates from the 12th
was created as a new town in the late-13th century by the
lord of the manor, with the High Street laid out with 'burgage'
mills were built on the River Stour in the Middle Ages Kinver
became known for its hard-wearing woollen cloth.
18th century the river was used to power 'finery forges' and
'slitting mills'. In the village's five slitting mills iron
bars were slit into rods, to be later fashioned into nails
in the neighbouring Black Country.
also flourished as a coaching stop on the great 'Irish Road'
(Bristol to Chester).
close to the meandering River Stour is the Staffordshire and
year the village hosts the Kinver Country Fayre which attracts
many visitors from the nearby West Midlands conurbation.
The High Street is closed to vehicles and there are many attractions
including stalls, a parade, dancing displays and prize draws.
south-west of the village lies Kinver Edge, a beauty spot owned by the National Trust. The
rock or cave houses on Kinver Edge, carved from sandstone,
were still inhabited in living memory.