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Knowle
Knowle highstreet.JPG
The High Street (photo 2006)
Knowle is located in West Midlands
Knowle

 Knowle shown within the West Midlands
OS grid reference SP182767
Metropolitan borough Solihull
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police West Midlands
Fire West Midlands
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
List of places: UK • England • West Midlands

Knowle (pronounced /ˈnoʊl/) is a small town in England, a few miles east of the town of Solihull. Knowle lies within the historic county boundaries of Warwickshire, and since 1974 it has been part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull within the West Midlands. It lies a few miles from the modern Warwickshire border.

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Present day

Knowle is a busy village which still retains considerable charm, despite being on the very edge of the West Midlands conurbation. Knowle joins onto the village of Dorridge and the considerably smaller village Bentley Heath, both of which are large residential areas.

Shops and businesses

Knowle has many shops. Most of these are located on the High Street, though there are a number of side roads and a shopping precinct. Knowle Library is maintained by Solihull Council in a building called Chester House dating back to Tudor times. At the rear of the building a Knot garden has recently been restored. The small shopping area also has restaurants of all varieties, making Knowle a popular destination for dining out.

Recreation

Knowle is near to the Grand Union Canal which links Birmingham to London. Knowle Locks are a flight of five locks (was originally six until around 1930) near the canal bridge on Kenilworth Road. Recreation areas include Jobs Close Park, which has a children's play area, tennis courts, football field and plenty of open space. There is also another football field owned by the National Trust near Knowle Primary School, and in the smaller town of Bentley Heath, there is a newly refurbished park, near the highly rated school, of the same name. There is also Knowle Football Club, Knowle Village Cricket Club who play in Division 2 of the Warwickshire Cricket League and the exclusive Copt Heath Golf Club. The Silhillian Rugby Club is nearby, which also hosts a substantial Croquet Club.

There are also many clubs in the village for all ages. There are various Scout and Guide groups including a Karate class and church groups. The Knowle Society exists to help maintain the village and its heritage. Knowle also has drama groups and even an Operatic Society. Knowle and Dorridge Lions organise several events, including the annual 5 mile / 8km Knowle Fun Run. There is a Masonic Hall and Knowle and Dorridge Round Table [1] meet locally.

Housing and schools

Knowle has two schools, a Church of England primary school with a nursery and a secondary school, Arden School, which caters for Dorridge and Bentley Heath as well. In September 2006, a sixth form centre commenced with over 50 students. The project cost approximately £4,000,000 and has attracted students from many of the surrounding schools. Work has also begun on a new design and technology block. They are considered to be well performing schools, even considering the advantaged catchment area.

Church of St. John the Baptist, St. Lawrence and St. Anne

The main church is a Church of England Parish Church and there is a United Reformed Church on Station Road. The Parish Church offers many services using modern equipment, the old Guild house and much newer St. Johns's Hall.

The housing in Knowle is mainly detached or semi-detached with the occasional terraced street and some apartment blocks. More recently, developers have bought up housing for demolition and are building "windfall developments" of apartments on the outskirts the village. House prices are considerably higher than the national average due to the demand for housing in the fringes of the West Midlands conurbation and high achieving schools.

Transport

The town lies on the A4141 road and is close to the M42 motorway. Knowle does not have its own railway station, but nearby Dorridge railway station, on the Chiltern Main Line, was previously known as Knowle and Dorridge. Another station lies a few miles north at Hampton-in-Arden on the Coventry-Birmingham (West Coast) line and Birmingham International railway station is nearby for express services to London Euston.Knowle is also close to Birmingham International Airport and is linked to Solihull by a bus service.

Nearby places of interest

Surrounding villages include Dorridge, Hampton-in-Arden, Balsall Common and Henley-in-Arden. To the north west is Solihull and Birmingham, the east Coventry, and the south Warwick, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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