Some history of Knowle
More information on Knowle to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to Knowle from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for detailed information on Knowle. I have placed a little background material here, along with a list of pubs and a few photographs.
As an outsider and occasional visitor to Knowle when passing through on my bicycle, it would seem that the place is only just hanging on to its old village identity and character. New development, particularly towards Dorridge is making it difficult to demarcate the two places. Moreover, since the construction of the M42 motorway, there is an increased pressure on land and there seems to be an increasing number of new housing and commercial developments. However, it is still a pleasant port-of-call. I can grab a nice veggie quiche in the artisan bakery, browse the music and books in Oxfam, one of the better charity shops in the area, and there is even a relatively recent craft beer bar.
Knowle was once within the manor and parish of Hampton-in-Arden and residents were forced to trudge three miles to attend church services. This was a treacherous journey during the rainy season because the River Blythe often flooded the fields. Walter Cook, a wealthy benefactor, responding to pleas from villagers, successfully petitioned Pope Boniface IX to build a church at Knowle. The first service was held in 1399, though completion work continued on the building which was consecrated in February 1402. The church, constructed with white Arden sandstone from a quarry in Rowington, was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, Saint Lawrence the Martyr and Saint Anne. The original building has, of course, been enlarged over the centuries. Interestingly, the building remained a daughter church until Knowle was constituted an ecclesiastical parish in January 1850.
Not content with building the church, Walter Cook, along with six other people, founded the Guild of Saint Anne of Knowle, a friendly society that provided for the sick and poor. Constructed with red sandstone transported from Kenilworth, a Guild House was erected next to the parish church. This is another building that has been enlarged over the years.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Before the Solihull magistrates yesterday, Thomas Kelly, an Irish harvester temporarily in the district, was charged with being drunk and
disorderly, with assaulting Sergeant Gardner, and with assaulting Frank Hirdsman while the latter was assisting Sergeant Gardner. Sergeant Gardner said that he saw Kelly
at Knowle, drunk and disorderly. He went up to him, and told him to go home quietly. Without more ado the Irishman said that there was now going to be trouble, and he
seized the officer by the throat and attempted to choke him by twisting his collar. They fell to the ground, and Kelly got a pint bottle of beer out of his pocket and
struck at the sergeant with it. The man also kicked him in the abdomen, bit him, and when Hirdsman came to the sergeant's assistance Kelly turned his attention to
him, and twisted his cellar round in an attempt to choke him, bit his hand and kicked him. The Bench said that Kelly was a most dangerous man, and would have to pay 40s.
and costs for being drunk and disorderly. For the assault on the sergeant he would go to prison for three months' hard labour, and for the assault on Hirdsman
to one month's hard labour, the sentences to run concurrently."
"A Violent Irishman"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : August 21st 1912 Page 2