Infobox UK place
country = England
region= West Midlands
metropolitan_county= West Midlands
static_image_caption= The High Street (photo 2006)
Knowle lies within the historic county boundaries of
Warwickshire, and since 1974 it has been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihullwithin the West Midlands. It lies a few miles from the modern Warwickshire border.
Knowle dates back to the time of King Edward I of England, over 700 years ago, when it had the status of a Royal manor. The Manor had its origins as part of the manor of
Hampton-in-Ardenand over time it passed through the hands of King Edward I, Westminster Abbey, Elizabeth Iand James I. It then passed to the Grevilles, later the Earls of Warwick. It was then passed to the Wilsons who sold the estate in the 1840s.
Knowle is also the former home town of convicted murderer Russell Shelton who is said to have scattered the ashes of his victims in the roofs of the high street shops during the late 1990's.
The Parish Church, which is still in use today, was consecrated in 1403. It was founded as access to Hampton-in-Arden was difficult in winter due to the ford at the
There are many ancient buildings around, notably 16th century
Grimshaw Halland the current library which dates back to Elizabethantimes. The Guild House dates from the 15th century and forms the core of a conservation areaof which the restored Chester House is an outstanding feature.
Knowle was on the
stagecoachroute from Birminghamto London. The "Mermaid & Greswolde Arms" now just known as "The Greswolde" became a main coaching inn.
John Wyndhamwas born in Knowle.
Knowle is a busy village which still retains some charm, despite being on the very edge of the
West Midlands conurbation. Knowle joins onto the smaller village of Dorridgeand the considerably smaller village Bentley Heath, both of which are large residential areas.
hops and businesses
Knowle has many shops. Most of these are located on the High Street, though there are a number of side roads and a shopping precinct. Knowle Library is maintained by Solihull Council in a building called Chester House dating back to Tudor times. At the rear of the building a
Knot gardenhas recently been restored. The small shopping area also has restaurants of all varieties, making Knowle a popular destination for dining out.
Knowle is near to the
Grand Union Canalwhich links Birmingham to London. Knowle Locksare a flight of five locks (was originally six until around 1930) near the canal bridge on Kenilworth Road. Recreation areas include Jobs Close Park, which has a children's play area, tennis courts, football field and plenty of open space. There is also another football field owned by the National Trust near Knowle Primary School, and in the smaller town of Bentley Heath, there is a newly refurbished park, near the highly rated school, of the same name. There is also Knowle Football Club, [http://knowlevillage.play-cricket.com Knowle Village Cricket Club] and the exclusive Copt Heath Golf Club. The Silhillian Rugby Clubis nearby, which also hosts a substantial Croquet Club.
There are also many clubs in the village for all ages. There are various Scout and Guide groups, the largest and biggest provider of youth services in the area is [http://www.knowleseascouts.org.uk 4th Knowle Sea Scout Group] . Other clubs include a Karate class and church groups. The Knowle Society exists to help maintain the village and its heritage. Knowle also has drama groups and even an Operatic Society. [http://www.knowleanddorridgelions.com Knowle and Dorridge Lions] organise several events, including the annual 5 mile / 8km [http://www.knowlefunrun.org.uk Knowle Fun Run] . There is a Masonic Hall and Knowle and Dorridge Round Table meet locally.
Housing and schools
Knowle has two schools, a
Church of England primary schoolwith a nursery and a secondary school, Arden School, which caters for Dorridgeand Bentley Heathas well. In September 2006, a sixth form centrecommenced with over 50 students, although the new building is still awaiting completion. They are considered to be well performing schools, even considering the advantaged catchment area. The main church is a Church of EnglandParish Church and there is a United Reformed Churchon Station Road. The Parish Church offers many services using modern equipment, the old Guild house and much newer St. John's Hall.
The housing in Knowle is mainly detached or semi-detached with the occasional terraced street and some apartment blocks. More recently, developers have bought up housing for demolition and are building "windfall developments" of apartments on the outskirts the village. House prices are considerably higher than the national average due to the demand for housing in the fringes of the West Midlands conurbation and high achieving schools.
The town lies on the
A4141 roadand is close to the M42 motorway. Knowle does not have its own railway station, but nearby Dorridge railway station, on the Chiltern Main Line, was previously known as "Knowle and Dorridge". Another station lies a few miles north at Hampton-in-Ardenon the Coventry-Birmingham (West Coast) line and Birmingham International railway stationis nearby for express services to London Euston. Knowle is also close to Birmingham International Airport and is linked to Solihullby a busservice.
Nearby places of interest
Surrounding villages include
Dorridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Balsall Commonand Henley-in-Arden. To the north west is Solihulland Birmingham, the east Coventry, and the south Warwick, Leamington Spaand Stratford-upon-Avon.
* [http://www.knowlefunrun.org.uk Knowle Fun Run organised by]
* [http://www.knowleanddorridgelions.com Knowle and Dorridge Lions]
* [http://www.knowleseascouts.org.uk 4th Knowle Sea Scout Group]
* [http://www.ucknowle.co.uk Knowle Local Community WebSite]
* [http://www.virtualbrum.co.uk/knowle.htm Pictures of Knowle]
* [http://www.yokbc.co.uk Ye Olde Knowle Bowling Club]
* [http://www.salrua.org.uk Solihull and Leamington Rail Users Association] representing the interests and views of local rail users.
* [http://knowledining.blogspot.com/ Knowle Dine-Fest] A local review of the eating places in the High Street
* [http://www.knowleparishchurch.org.uk/ Knowle Parish Church website]
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