Kinnerley (Welsh: Chen-ar-dinlle) is a small village in Shropshire, England. It lies between the neighbouring villages of Dovaston and Pentre and the nearest town is Oswestry. To the north is the village of Knockin.

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Kinnerley village centre
Kinnerley is located in Shropshire
Location within Shropshire
Population1,108 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ337209
• London173miles
Civil parish
  • Kinnerley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOswestry
Postcode districtSY10
Dialling code01691
PoliceWest Mercia
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°46′52″N 2°58′55″W / 52.781°N 2.982°W / 52.781; -2.982Coordinates: 52°46′52″N 2°58′55″W / 52.781°N 2.982°W / 52.781; -2.982


Belan Bank Motte

A mile to the south is the motte and bailey castle known as Belan Bank. The medieval castle was destroyed by Llewelyn, Prince of Wales, during the reign of Henry III.

John Bridgeman, Bishop of Chester, who died in 1652, is buried in St Mary's parish church.[2]

To the north of the village is the site of Lady Ida's Well close to the Weir Brook. It takes its name from Lady Ida Lumley, wife of the 4th Earl of Bradford, who discovered a natural water spring in 1895 and championed its health benefits. [3]

Wartime roleEdit

In the Second World War the area around the village became a top-secret bomb storage depot. Kinnerley was chosen because of its central location within the UK and because it had a railway link. The line was operated by the military (until it was closed in 1960).

The huge site, which had extensive sidings and covered buildings, was created by the Royal Engineers:

More than 200 huge storage sheds, camouflaged and decked out with turfed roofs, were built around the village of Kinnerley. Each was served by a railway siding which entered each building, allowing the highly dangerous cargo to be unloaded inside. BBC

The area was heavily guarded and was not declassified till the mid 1950s.


The village was formerly served by rail with stops at Kinnerley Junction and Edgerley Halt, on the now defunct Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway, that ran from 1866 to 1960.

Kinnerley is currently served by the 576 Shrewsbury to Oswestry bus route. [4]


The village today has a primary school, a church, a cemetery, a Village Hall, a park, and a shop. Its pub (the Cross Keys) closed in 2014 following a fire.[5] On 1 October 2015 the pub was purchased as a community asset to be refurbished and re-opened in 2019. It is home to the acting society known as 'The Kinnerley Players' and also has its own football team.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Bridgeman, John" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. ^ "North West Shropshire". Inside Shropshire.
  4. ^ "576 Shrewsbury to Oswestry". Arriva Bus.
  5. ^ "Call for villagers to attend meeting over future of pub". Shropshire Star. 17 January 2015. p. 5.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kinnerley at Wikimedia Commons