Each year, in September, organisations and historic places celebrate their past history. This year Knowle Society Local History Committee is running several events.

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm


A display upstairs in Knowle Library of various artefacts from our archives and on loan, with an accompanying quiz aimed at children aged approx. 8 – 12 years old. 

There will also be a quiz for 4 – 7 years old which will involve the children with appropriate adults walking the High Street. The winner of each quiz will receive a prize of £10.

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10am – 3pm


A variety of these from our archives and from different eras will be available for visitors to look through at their leisure throughout the day. Where possible copies may be ordered with the understanding that where appropriate, copyright lies with Knowle Society.

Also on 21 SEPTEMBER at 12 noon

Chester House is the oldest building on the High Street and anyone wishing to know more about it and its history should assemble, depending on weather, either in the courtyard of the library or inside the reception area at 12 noon to join a conducted tour led by Dave Pinwell.

Down Your Way

Every Street, Road, Lane etc, has had its own name since early times.  Where do the names come from, and why does every village, town, city etc have one particular street name in common – “HIGH STREET”.  What do some of the names tell us about the past history of our towns and villages?  Often roads and streets were named after a destination, person, landmark, geographical feature etc.

We thought it would be interesting to explore some clues that local street names give us about the development and history of Knowle – what was the meaning behind Kixley? Who was Cook Close named after and other interesting facts such as – why are streets wider than lanes.

The exhibition explores our research from Local History archives and maps, and is illustrated not only through photographs but also through the wonderful paintings by Mike Humpreys, our local artist.

Come and find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the street names of Knowle by visiting our exhibition. ‘Down Your Way’ in the Local History Centre upstairs in Knowle Library. The exhibition is free to view at any time during library opening hours and Stewards are on duty every Saturday morning 10am – 12pm


You may remember that we encouraged you to recycle your Christmas Cards this year.  This is the result!!

The team at Thomas Bragg & Sons Funeral Directors in Solihull collected a staggering 30,000 Christmas cards for recycling to raise funds for St Giles Hospice.
They smashed their 10,000 target as news of their collection spread through social media, posters, newsletters and even a man who stood up on a local bus and urged passengers to take their cards to Thomas Bragg’s.
Thrilled Funeral Arranger Kayleigh Hughes explained: “After a successful Christmas Card collection of 5,112 cards from 2017, this year we aimed to receive 10,000 cards.
“We decided again this year that for every 2,000 cards we collected we would dedicate a new tree via The Woodland Trust. One tree can provide 8,333 sheets of paper and we have now dedicated a quarter of an acre of woodland at Uffmoor Wood.
“All the cards were taken to St Giles Hospice where they are being turned into cash. Next year, I would love to collect even more!”
Kayleigh thanked local businesses including Sainsbury’s in Shirley, One Stop and Tesco in Knowle as well as The Knowle Society and local churches for promoting their collection.
She added: “We cannot thank the community enough for their support, the response has been amazing. We emptied the collection box at Knowle Parish Church four times and we had cards that were delivered by post from Cheshire. Cards are still coming in.
“Most importantly, we had a volunteer who wanted to help count the cards, who brought her children in after school one afternoon to count to show them the importance of charity and how they could help.”
Sally Insley, Community & Corporate Fundraising Manager from St Giles Hospice, said: “We would like to thank Thomas Bragg for their incredible efforts in collecting Christmas cards and gaining the support of the local community.
“It takes a community to a make a hospice and this is a great example of people coming together to help raise funds for such a valuable cause – one person’s trash certainly is another’s treasure.”

What can we do next year?


The exhibition in Knowle Library has generated a great deal of interest. Some examples of the exhibits :-

Whitehead’s Butcher’s Shop, High Street early 1900s eventually Sodens who closed down 2001.

Mrs Wood outside her Shop 1930.  Now Glasstower Jewellery.

Come along to the Library to see many more amazing photographs.