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About Kinoulton

For visitors from further afield, a little about our village. Kinoulton is based in the popular and scenic Vale of Belvoir, in the East Midlands. Running through the village is the Grantham Canal which is rich with wildlife.

 

Kinoulton is famous for the avenue of Poplar trees at Vimy Ridge, which runs between Owthorpe Lane and the Canal towpath. Sadly these had to be felled in Feb 1998 as they had been upright far longer than their natural life expectancy would suggest, and had become a saftey hazard at over 90ft in height. The original avenue of 184 Lombardy poplar trees were planted by Sir William Jesse Hind in memory of his son Lt. Francis Montagu Hind who was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme on 27th September 1916. The trees also commemorated the 187 other officers and men of the 9th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters Regiment who died between 7th July (when the battalion entered the battle) and 30th November 1916 (the official end of the battle). The Parish Council has funded the planting of Poplar saplings and it is hoped that over the years to come this majestic sight will be restored for all to enjoy. There are plenty of pictures of the trees in the gallery, as well as a stop motion animation of a walk along the canal to the Poplars.

There are roughly 370 dwellings in the village, some dating back to the early 1800s. As you’d expect from a rural village, there are several farms as well as other commercial enterprises based here, including British Eventing star Polly Jackson’s stables.

On a clear day, the outline of Belvoir Castle is visible on the horizon, and just a short walk along a bridleway takes you to the village of Colston Bassett where you can buy its famous Stilton cheese directly from the dairy’s own shop.

Kinoulton’s original church, St Wilfrid’s, was abandoned and demolished, but was replaced by St Luke’s which was built in 1793 by Henry, Earl of Gainsborough.

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