The Eagle and Serpent Pub, Kinlet
Kinlet shown within Shropshire
|Population||680 (2001 Census).|
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|- London||117mi (187km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Kinlet is a small village and civil parish in the county of Shropshire, England. The parish is on the northern edge of the Wyre Forest and is in the Bridgnorth District of Shropshire. The parish incorporates the hamlets of Kinlet Village, Button Bridge and Button Oak. Kinlet is located 18 miles (29 km) south of Telford, the main town in Shropshire and 23 miles (37 km) west of Birmingham. The town's parish has a population of 680 according to the 2001 Census.
Most of the land within Kinlet, including Kinlet Church and Kinlet Hall, are the inheritance of the Childe family. The Hall had formerly been held by the Blount family and subsequently the Lacon family, and dates back to the Domesday Book. The inheritor (currently decided through the process of the oldest of kin) is known as "Squire".
The name Kinlet, a combination of Kin(Royal) and Lett(District), comes from the time of Queen Edith, wife of Edward the confessor, who held the knoll at Kinlet. The earliest known human activity was the scatter of flints near Catsley in the centre of the parish, south of kinlet village. The parish as it is today, was once two smaller parishes, Kinlet in the north and Earnwood in the south. 
Queen Edith inherited Kinlet and Cleobury Mortimer from the late Edward the Confessor, at the time of the Domesday Book. Kinlet was then given to Ranulph de Mortimer, who subsequently passed it down to his son, Hugh de Mortimer. The Mortimers were passionate about hunting and used Earnwood as a private hunting ground. The Mortimers were succeeded by Bryan de Brampton in 1176. The De Bramptons gave significant gifts of land in Kinlet to Wigmore Abbey and other religious institutes. This is was intended to encourage woodland clearance and increase production.
Kinlet was passed through the Cornwall's, to Sir John Cornwall on the death of his father, Sir Brian Cornwall in 1391. His only surviving daughter, Elizabeth, inherited Kinlet in 1414, before marrying Sir William Lichefeld. Sir William Lichefeld held Kinlet until his death in 1446, Kinlet was then passed down to Isabel, sister of Sir John Cornwall and second wife of Sir John Blount II. Sir John Blount II had a son with Isabel, also named John. John inherited Kinlet after his fathers death. The estate was passed onto Humphery Blount (grandson of Sir John Blount and his marriage with Isabel) in 1453.  
In 1581, Sir George Blount gave Kinlet to Rowland Locon, son of his eldest sister Agnes, married to Sir Richard Lacon, instead of his only surviving child, Dorothy. At his death, Rowland Locan was succeeded by his son, Sir Francis Lacon, who married Jane, daughter of the viscount of montague in 1589.
The marriage of Ann Lacon to Sir William Childe in 1640, bought the childe family to shropshire. Their Eldest son, Sir Lacon Childe, was left the lordship at Kinlet and Cleobury Mortimer, whilst their younger two sons, Thomas and William, were left the manor of Earnwood. After the death of Sir Lacon Childe, Kinlet was held by his nephew, William Lacon Childe. He rebuilt Kinlet Hall in 1729. The surrounding village is likely to have been cleared at this time, with the building of the village school in it's current location, establishing this as the centre of the village.   He also earned sunstantial revenue from the Kinlet estate. This included sales of produce, bark and rent payments. His daughter inherited Kinlet and married Charles Baldwyn. In 1919, much of the Kinlet estate was put up for sale.
The centre of the village is located at the meeting of the roads, B4363 and B4194. In the centre of the village there is a primary school. Kinlet C of E Primary school caterers for children aged between 4 and 11 years old. There is also a boarding school to the north-west of the village in Kinlet Hall. Moffats school is for children aged between 4 and 13 years old and has been based in Kinlet Hall since the end of the Second world war. Older pupils travel to the Lacon Childe School in Cleobury Mortimer.  There are two public houses in the parish, The Eagle and Serpent in village of Kinlet and the Button oak Inn the village of Button Oak.
The population of Kinlet was 602 at the time of the first census in 1801. The population fell slowly over the next seventy years, reaching a lowest population of 431 at the 1871 census. After this, the population of Kinlet rose sharply, reaching 558 in the 1891 census. The early 20th Century saw the population stay stable until world war II. There was no census in 1941 because of World War II. There is very little employment in the area, with people traveling to nearby cites such as . The last shop and post office in the village closed in the 1980's.
A bus service through the village is run by Whittle Bus and Coach, part of the East Yorkshire Motor Services Group. The number 125 bus service operates Monday to Saturday between Bridgnorth and Stourbridge.
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Sir George Blount, of Kinlet, Knight, was Sheriff of Shropshire in 1565. In his youth, according to the fashion of the day, he served with distinction in the French and Scottish campaigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, and was well received at the Court of the former, where his eldest sister was in high favour. He died on 20th July, 1581, aged 67, leaving by his wife Constance, daughter of Sir John Talbot, Knight, an only daughter Dorothy, who was thirty years of age and more at the time of her father's death, being then the wife of John Purslowe, of Sidbury, co. Salop, Esq., and afterwards of Edward Bullock, of Bradeley, near Wenlock. In 1581 all the estates were settled upon the said Sir George Blount for the term of his life, and after his death to the said Rowland Lacon and his heirs
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