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THE OLD VILLAGE

A geographical tour round central Knowle, illustrated with old photographs, in two parts. Duration: one hour each.


TALKS

A WALK ALONG HIGH STREET

A virtual tour  along High Street, for those wanting a shorter talk (for instance, after a meal)  Duration: c. 30 minutes.  

A sub-set of The Old  Village Part 2, Including some of the most significant buildings in High Street


Right: High Street, early 1900s, showing the Greswolde Hotel and the  cottages next to it.

Including:

The Forest of Arden * The River Blythe

Knowle & Longdon * Purnells Brook * Field Names

Roads & buildings in Central Knowle * New Road Names

With an associated booklet.  See Publications

Right: High Street early 1900s, showing Brisker’s shoe shop and Kingscote (with a brick front) beyond.

THE PLACE NAMES OF KNOWLE

Duration: c. 1 hour

A THOUSAND YEARS OF KNOWLE

A chronological history of Knowle from before the Norman Conquest to the present day.  Duration: c. 50 minutes


Part 1: The Church & Guild House * The Square

Kenilworth Road * Kixley Lane * Golden End * Wilsons Road

The Berrow Homes


Part 2: High Street * Hampton Road * Warwick Road (north)

Lodge Road & Longdon Road * Station Road

Warwick Road (south).

The Square, c. 1900

Including:

The de Ardens & Westminster Abbey * The Church & Guild

Timber-framed Buildings * The Grevilles

Knowle Free School * The Canal * Enclosure * The Railway The Victorian Expansion * Two World Wars

The Changing Village

Right: At the Red Lion, en route for Warwick Races, c. 1900


SPRINGFIELD HOUSE

The history of Springfield from its origins as a private estate in the early 18th century to its present day use as a school for children with special needs.  Duration: c. 45 minutes


Including:

Freckleton’s Dole * The Fishers & Richard Moland

The Boultbees * The Jacksons  * The House * The Stables Springfield VAD Hospital * The Staff * The Grounds

The Estate * Springfield House School  * The Nature Reserve * The Environmental Study  Centre

With an associated booklet.  See Publications

Right: The Water Gardens,  Springfield, early 1900s


KIXLEY LANE

A tour along one of Knowle’s ancient lanes, with recorded history dating from the 14th century. Duration: c. 40 mins

Including:

Victorian Terrace *  The Children’s Field

Knowle C of E Primary School

Knowle’s First Council Houses * The Water Meadows

Yew Tree Farm * Far End * The Cottage * The Canal

Kixley Farm * The Watercress Patch

The Path to Elvers Green

Right: Far End, once an inn for bargees, in 1979



Including:

The Road to Coventry & Warwick

The Old School to Kixley Lane * High Street to Wilsons Road

Wilsons Road to Golden End * Golden End

The Canal & Beyond





KENILWORTH ROAD

A tour along the original main street through Knowle, passing through the  oldest part of the medieval village.  

Duration: c. 40 minutes

THE HISTORY OF DORRIDGE

The history of Dorridge, from its origins as part of the Manor of Knowle to the opening of the station and the development of Dorridge as a separate community.  Duration: c. 50 mins

Including:

Before the Railway  * The Station  * Town to Country

Shops & Businesses * The Churches  *  The Inns

The Community

Right: Station Approach with Pitt’s Hansom Cab


Cottages, Golden End

Including:

The building * The Constable Connection * The Marshalls
ays of Post & Stage * Lady Byron * The Bowling Club
The Bicycle Touring Club * The Greswolde 1900 - 1921
Venison Dinners * The Garage * The Lido

The Greswolde Since 1957 and more…

With an associated booklet.  See Publications



THE GRESWOLDE & MERMAID ARMS

The history of Knowle’s main  inn and its connections with the Greswolde family and John Constable.  Duration c. 45 mins

The Greswolde, early 20th century.

EVA WOOTTON ~ HER LIFE & LEGACY

Duration 45 mins.



A resumé of Eva’s long life in Knowle and the legacy she left to the village, including her data on nature conservation and Knowle’s first local history collection. Above all, Eva is remembered for The History of Knowle, published in 1972.  

Right: Eva in choir robes

THE GREAT WAR IN KNOWLE

Duration c. 50 minutes

Including:

the disappearance of the young men of the village to the War; support for them at home: news from the Front; the tragedy of HMS Black Prince; the requisition of horses: the Volunteer Training Corps; the Red Cross; celebrations as men returned home; and memorials to those who did not.

With an associated booklet.  See Publications

Right:A card sent from France by Mr. Gimes to his wife

THE CANAL THROUGH KNOWLE

Duration c. 50 minutes.

That other world, apart from the bustle and noise of High Street.

Canal mania, Catherine de Barnes to Rising Bridge; the locks and the lock cottages; keeping things spick and span;

the boats which passed through; the families who made their living on the canal; coal & lime; the canal pubs; today’s canal.. Enhanced by personal memories.

With an associated booklet.  See Publications

Right:Top Lock, 1999 (John Rear)

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BOWLING IN KNOWLE

Duration c. 50 minutes.

The history of the game of bowls in Knowle from the 17th century to the present day.  Including: the first green in The Square and later ones at the village inns; the local clubs

With an associated booklet.  See Publications

Right: the new Bottom Green at Dorridge (Andrew Bryson)

THE BERROW INHERITANCE

Duration c.40 minutes.

The history of the Berrow Cottage Homesi from 1886. Including: the Trust; the Victorian cottages; the gardens and grounds; the Jubilee extensions; recent times; the estate.

Associated booklet in preparation

Right: the original four cottages facing High Street in 1986 (Elaine Warner))

BARRY HOLLAND’S KNOWLE ~ 1954

Duration 45 mins.


A nostalgic tour round central Knowle as it was in the 1950s, illustrated by photograpshs taken by Barry Holland (of Hollands’ Garage)

Right: Hollands Corner

RESEARCHING KNOWLE HISTORY

An introduction to the Knowle records for those starting out on research.  Duration 40 mins.  Not illustrated.


Including: The Knowle Boundaries * National and Local Sources  * The Internet * Oral History * Primary & Secondary Sources Maps * Photographs & Postcards * House Names

Sale brochures * Court Rolls * Property Deeds * Wills, etc.

Right: The Square, early 1900s.

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Roslyn Croft was born in Knowle in Wilsons Road. In this talk she shares her knowledge of Old Knowle in a selection of old photographs and anecdotes which may be news even to some who had lived here all there lives.

Right: High Street looking south, 1894

AROUND KNOWLE IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

The personal memories of Roslyn Croft.

Duration c. 45 minutes

A TIME LINE FOR KNOWLE

A sophisticated Powerpoint presentation, capable of endless variations.  Duration c. 45 mins, variable according to content.


Including:

A series of national events and their effect on Knowle, starting with the change from English to Norman control of the manor after the Norman Conquest, and including the Black Death and much more

Right: The Square, with the White Swan and the Red Lion,  where prisoners were temporarily held in the 18th century.

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Including:

Paddington to Snow Hill * Mr. Muntz * The Station at Knowle

The Forest & The Railway Inn * The Expansion of Dorridge

The Goods Yard & The Stock Yard * Going up to Town

A Day in the Country * Two Accidents * Station Memories

The Chiltern Line

Right: The Station in 1910

THE RAILWAY STATION AT DORRIDGE

A history of the station from its opening in 1852 to the present day.  Duration c. 45 minutes