Kinver is an Ancient Parish in the county of Staffordshire.
Alternative Names: Kinfare
Other places in the parish include: Compton, Whittington, and Whittington Manor
Parish Church: St Peter
Parish registers begin: 1560
Nonconformists in Kinver include: Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.
Kinfare, or Kinver, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wolverhampton district, Stafford. The town stands on the river Stour and the Stafford canal, near the boundary with Worcester, 3¾ miles NW of Churchill r. station, and 4 WSW of Stourbridge; was anciently a place of considerable importance, long a borough and a market town, noted for the manufacture of woollen cloth; figures now in connexion with the extensive ironworks of Hyde and Whittington, where spades, shovels, and other wares, are largely made; and has a post office under Stourbridge, a church, Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, a grammar school, a national school, and fairs on the last Tuesday of Feb., the second Tuesday of May, and the third Tuesday of Nov. The church stands on a lofty site; is ancient, with a tower; was restored in 1836; and contains some ancient monuments. The grammar school has £114 a year from endowment; and other charities have £128. Pop. of the town in 1861, 2,163. Houses, 449.—The parish includes the manor of Whittington, and the hamlet of Compton. Acres, 8, 790. Real property, £20, 543; of which £5, 160 are in iron works, and £76 in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 2, 872; in 1861, 3, 551. Houses, 712. The increase of pop. arose from the operations of Freehold Land Societies. The manors belong to H. Wentworth Foley, Esq., M.P., and to the Earl of Stamford. A Saxon camp, 900 feet long and 600 feet wide, with a barrow, and with a notched stone 12 feet round and 6 feet high, is on a small plain on the S side of Kinfare-Edge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £200. Patrons, Trustees.—The sub-district contains also two other parishes. Acres, 16, 391. Pop., 4, 832. Houses, 963.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].