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Kinnerley village centre
Kinnerley is located in Shropshire
 Kinnerley shown within Shropshire
OS grid reference SJ337209
   – London  173miles 
Unitary authority Shropshire
Ceremonial county Shropshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 01691
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places

Coordinates: 52°46′55″N 2°58′58″W / 52.7819°N 2.9829°W / 52.7819; -2.9829

Kinnerley (Welsh: Chen-ar-dinlle) is a small village in Shropshire, England.

The village was a stop on the now defunct Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway, that ran from 1866 to 1960. The village today has a school, a church, a shop and a pub (the Cross Keys). It is a small village separating neighbouring villages Dovaston and Pentre and the nearest town is Oswestry. To the north is the village of Knockin.

It is home to the acting society known as "The Kinnerley Players" and also has its own football team.


Belan Bank Motte

A mile to the south is the motte and bailey castle known as Belan Bank.

John Bridgeman, Bishop of Chester, who died in 1652, is buried in the church.[1]

Wartime role[edit]

In WWII the area around the village became a top-secret bomb storage depot. Kinnerley was chosen because of its central location within 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.


  1. ^  "Bridgeman, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

External links[edit]

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