High Street, Kinver
Kinver and the surrounding area has a unique appeal for the discerning visitor. Despite being on the doorstep of the Black Country its rural charms seem far removed. Historic buildings line the streets of Kinver and give visitors a wide choice of specialist shops and restaurants. Kinver has a beautiful high street that dates back to medievil times. Many of its timber framed buildings survive providing a facinating view of the carpenters craft, while others are now hidden by elegant facades. It is thought that the High Street used to form part of the ancient road from Gloucester to Chester.
The village is one of the few places in Staffordshire to be mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), when it was called Chenevare. The book mentions the Royal Forest of Kinver which was documented as being three leagues long and one league wide, Stourton Castle and the fact the village had its own priest. There was no mention of a church in the parish until the 12th century when St. Peter's church was built. In later years the village became famous for the mills which produced iron, the largest being The Hyde owned by Richard Foley.
Kinver Edge is a well known beauty spot and has attracted visitors for many years with its wide open spaces and stunning views. Thanks to the National Trust and the hard work of local volunteers, the areas around the Holy Austin rock houses has been transformed. Holy Austin Rock is the principle cave complex in the Kinver Area. Its sheltered position below the northern escarpment of Kinver Edge has, over the centuries, drawn people to live there and in later years, to visit and admire. Today the site is in the ownership of the National Trust. An ambitous restoration programme which began in 1991 culminated with the opening of the lower caves in 1997.
Another popular destination to the visitors to Kinver is the old canal side pub, The Vine. The Vine stands proudly beside No. 53, Kinver Lock. After you have been taking in the fresh air of Kinver it's a great place to "sup" a pint and watch the narrow boats go through the lock.