Dedicated to Old and Modern Kinson

 Background history to Kinson in Dorset

How Kinson got its name!

The word for a farm in the Saxon language was CYNESTON, and Kinson in those times was known by that name. It is likely that a Saxon chieftan sailed or ventured up and down the River Stour before deciding to settle here.

The land around Kinson, Millhams and Longham was and still is very fertile.A small village came into being and would have been enclosed by a TON or a TUN, which means a fence.

Going back further into history, the people of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age, probably moved down the valley which descends from the higher regions at Turbary and started to firmly establish themselves in the lower regions of a very fertile plain. The whole area of Kinson and the locality surrounding it is still very rich in archaeological evidence today.

Kinson is also recorded in the Domesday or Doomsday Book. Its name then was CHINESTANESTONE

From the Domesday Book we learn that:

Edward also holds Chinestanestone. Wulfwen held it before 1066. It paid tax for 13 hides. Land for 9 ploughs, of which 5 hides and 1 virgate of land are in the lordship; 2 ploughs there: 7 slaves; 18 villagers, 14 cottagers and 4 cottagers with 7 ploughs. A mill which pays 5s; woodland, 1 acre; meadow, 100 acres,less5;pasture 3 leagues long and 2 leagues wide,less 3 furlongs.

The value of CANFORD & the KINSON Manors had now increased in value from £50 to £70.

Name changes to the present day:

1086AD - Chinestanestone

1227 - Simon de Berengar, Vicar of Canford and the chapels of Kinson and Hampreston are mentioned in an agreement. Also recorded is a chapel in Poole connected with Canford.

1231 - Kynestanton

1238 - Kinestaneston


William Longespee had lands in Kinson, held of him by:

William Laghful, Sabine the widow, Alfred le White, William Gandre, William a la Lake, Walter le Wyne, William Tod, Walter Tod, Sewin ad aquam, the widow of Fromund, Simon son of Gilbert,Thomas le Preest, Robert Molle, Geoffrey the miller, Nicholas Akerman, Geoffrey Goul,Geoffrey Bullock, John le Hooper, Robert Brende, Roger Newman, Simon Young, Edith the weaver, Robert le Norris, William le Goul,William le Craft,William Theodolf, William Talpayn, Alan de Cudehull, Herefray and Walter Upright.


Henry de lacy and Margery his wife had lands in Kinson, held of them by:

Ralph Craft, Nicholas Craft, Isabel Bosse, Walter atte Hoke,Englesia in la Heth, Henry le Norris, John Bosse, William Donk, Adam Lincock, Nicholas the carpenter and William Tod.

John de Plessis, a knight, gave up his right to use 3 acres of meadow in Kinson.

1326 - Kenstaneston


John de Stepellavynton, Vicar of Canford and Kinson, who survived the attack of the pestilence known as the Black Death in 1348-9, died from the disease in 1361.

He was succeed by John de Shireborn at Canford on 9th September 1361.

1407   -  Kinstanton

1462/3 - Reeve`s account, Canford

Of 8 shillings of the second crop of 8 acres of meadow in Natherwoodes (Netherwood) after the hay was removed. This area is likely to be around the present day Cudnell avenue and associated roads and land near Bear Cross. A remnant survives where "windflowers" still blossom each spring.


Tithingmen elections. John Marchant for Canford. Richard Parker for Longfleet. William Thedale for Kinson, who also cut down oak and ash trees in this area without permission.

Nov 19th, Canford
A pig worth two shillings belonging to Richard King of Ensbury was found straying and impounded. Richard broke the bailiff`s arrest and delivered the pig beyond this lordship. Placing himself in the Lord`s mercy, he was let off without a fine.

A bishop of each diocese was required to make a return (inventory) of all church goods.

A final commission completed a task started in 1547. Regarding Canford, Wimborne and Poole, no inventories were taken by reason of the plague and they had lost their old inventories.Poole Parish Register began in 1538, and at Wimborne in 1587, at Canford in 1589.Sadly, no such early records exist for Kinson and even recent records only commenced from 1680.

1662 - Kynston

1771 - Kingston How

1800 - Kingston

Century - Kinson

What is left of Saxon Kinson?

The answer to this question is, very little. The base of the tower of Kinson church was once thought to date to the Saxon times. Many of the old field systems around Millhams and the Kinson Common once had some long strip field systems which were around for many centuries, disappearing in the latter part of the 20th century.

Unfortunately, places such as Barnes Mead at Millhams and Redgate Moor, Redgate Hill and Barn Close on the Kinson Common, have all now mostly disappeared for ever. In the latter named location, a hint of the ancient may still be found.

One thing that is for certain is that Kinson as a community with a village feel about it is very much here to stay!

Interested in research?

There is still much to research about Old Kinson.

This is a page relating to Kinson church which dates to 1697.

Interested in smuggling history?

This is the burial entry of James Abraham, a Kinson smuggler who died in 1817.

Henry Tiller

Smuggler Tiller died in 1853 and was buried in Kinson churchyard.

Direct descendants of his family still live in the Kinson district today.

A field by the present day School Lane

This field was originally named Stoney Close and was even owned by Isaac Gulliver centuries ago.

Near the trees in the background of this photograph, a modern Kinson Primary School was built in 1936.

The foreground is now occupied by modern housing and local shops.

Mr. Jess Short

Jess, together with Bill Hicks, helped to pull the German Kaiser out of the Millhams Stream. This event happened in the early 1900`s before the start of the Great War.

A Jacobean fireplace in Kinson

This was once to be found in Ensbury manor. This fine fireplace, was dated to the reign of James I, 1603 - 1625.

It is believed that when Ensbury manor was demolished, this valuable piece of furniture was shipped to America.

Spindlewood cottage

A fine Canford Estate cottage, probably dating to about 1873, now demolished.

The name, Spindlewood, still lives on at Millhams Mead today.

The Kinson Parish Messenger

This is the front cover of a printed document in circulation in Kinson in 1879.


In 1792, a young Beothuk girl was captured near Charles by fishermen avenging the alleged theft of salmon nets and traps. During a confrontation, a Beothuk man was shot and killed and a Beothuk boy was wounded. Two women were allowed to run free and Oubee was taken as "a fair prize".

Oubee went to live with a family of merchant, Thomas Stone of Trinity. When the family left Newfoundland in December 1793 for Dorset, England, they took Oubee with them. It is believed that she lived in Howe Lodge and would have seen and been aware of the whole area of land surrounding the present day Kinson Swimming Baths near South Kinson Drive in Bournemouth.

We were very fortunate to meet Randolph Paul who has been researching her life and has also published a book of poems for Oubee. Bedoret Ahune or in English, From the Heart of the Rock, was published by Paul in 1997.

Following careful research, it did not take time to find a record of her. In about 1795, Mr.Thomas Stone was paid twelve shillings and ten pence for expenses in connection with "Eomoy". The reference was found in the records of Kinson church. Oubee was buried in an unmarked plot in the churchyard.

For some time now we have felt that a small plaque should be placed to record her life locally. It is saddening to know that the Beothuk tribe is now extinct and only 111 words were ever recorded of her tribe`s vocabulary.

We are happy to be able to feature the extract confirming her passing in Kinson.

Kannabuck Mamset Munes Beathook!

Long life to the spirit of the (her) people!

Central Kinson in the 1920`s

A view from near the junction of the present day Kitscroft Road and Horsham Avenue.

The good old days!

This is a scene dating to the 1950`s in the heart of what is still regarded today as Kinson Village.

Kinson Village Green in Bournemouth

Kinson Village  

We feature the Kinson Village Green and our photograph was taken on 3rd July 2014 when the deputy mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Dr Rod Cooper officially opened the reinstated stocks and sign. Former councillor and historian Rod Haskell spoke about Kinson`s past and praised those who had fought for the green over the generations.

Looking back in time,in the 1700`s, it was an enclosure number 930, surrounded by a cluster of mud huts, the centre of Kinson Village.

One cannot keep a good name down!

By 1836, the land became the site of the original Kinson School and was leased from Lord Wimborne for 99 years at a peppercorn rent and afterwards purchased by Bournemouth Council.

From after 1936 to the 1950`s, the Old School and land was used for a variety of community uses before eventually becoming a waste ground, grazed for a time by local goats.

A ceremony took place on the 23rd March, 1968, to celebrate the setting up of a Village Green. At the instigation of the late Alderman Harry Benwell, the land in question had been suitably drained and returfed.

Many may still recall that an "Olde Englishe" sign , a set of "olde stocks" and a number of seats were suitably positioned around the site. As well as tree planting on the day, pupils from Kinson Primary School danced around a maypole accompanied to music played by the Oakmead School Band.

On the 29th August, 1969, it was registered as a Village Green, one of only three in modern day Bournemouth, by the King`s Park Residents Association, c/o their Vice-Chairman, Mr. S. J Kilmister.

This registration, being undisputed, became final on the 1st August ,1972.

Despite attempts to use it for other community purposes, the land remains owned by the Borough of Bournemouth, continues as a Village Green and those that live here, can quite correctly call themselves Kinson villagers.

The Kinson Business Forum working in partnership with the Local authority and Tesco has brought about a new vision for Kinson`s future which will benefit everyone and the newly replaced stocks and a sign are visible proof of moving forwards together at grass roots.

Back in the 1990`s a notice disappeared from the sign. A new one was commissioned and states:

Notice to all concerned

Any person causing damage to any part of the Village Green may be liable to chastisement by being placed in the Village stocks

Original wording as per 1968

Present replacement - May 2014

Courtesy of:
Bournemouth Borough Council
Kinson Business Forum
G R Westbuild Ltd

It`s good to see a few reminders of Kinson`s past being retained. By doing so, we are surely continuing to keep Kinson Village and its Community spirit alive?

We are very fortunate also to have so many other buildings and features in the Kinson area to remind us of our rich heritage locally. 

Charles Bennett - Olympic champion in 1900

Charles Bennett - Olympic Champion

Kinson Primary School has a "real" connection with Britain`s first Olympic champion, who won medals at the Paris games in 1900.

In Shapwick, the Dorset village where he was born in 1870, staged the Charles Bennett Millennium Mile Race on the 23rd September 2000, to coincide with the first weekend of the Sydney Olympics 2000. The event raised £3,500 towards the setting up of The Charles Bennett Playing Field. Other funds for this project came from other sources including the East Dorset District Council, the Countryside Agency, Doorstep Green, Living Spaces and the Lottery.

At the Paris games, Charles broke two world records, taking gold in the 1,500m, silver in the 4,000m steeplechase and led Britain to victory in the 5,000m team race. Charles was national cross-country champion in 1899 & 1900, four-mile champion from 1897-1899, one-mile champion in 1900 and ten-mile champion in 1899. He was closely associated with the Finchley Harriers. He trained on a diet of boiled rice and raws eggs and sprinted through ploughed up fields to build himself up. As a runner, Charles used to hang back until the very last moment & came flying from behind to win his races in a style similar to many of our present day top athletes.

His wife, Sara-Lena Lewis, was a court dressmaker based in Wimborne Square, in the days when the Lords` Allington, Shaftesbury & Cranborne staged regular balls and parties in the district.

In 1903, Charles Bennett, was the licensee of the Dolphin Inn (now named Gulliver`s Tavern), providing accomodation for commercials, cyclists, also good stabling facilities.

A picture of Charles Bennett used to hang in the original Kinson Conservative Club. Sadly, all his cups were stolen. Charles later lived at Holt Lodge in Kinson and died in Bournemouth and is buried in St. Andrew`s churchyard in Millhams Road.

Inscriptions in the Kinson churchyard read: In loving memory of Charles Bennett who died 13th Dec 1948 aged 78 years. Also of his beloved wife Sarah Lena who died 13th Feb 1950 aged 75 years. "Until the Day Break."

Kinson School Register(s) 1892-1918

Children of Charles Bennett who attended the old school which once stood on the land which later became the Kinson Village Green.

Register No:
568 Jack Bennett
569 Fred Bennett (568 & 569 were twins.)
570 Max Bennett
610 Hilda Bennett
635 Reginald Bennett

Elliott`s Pottery - Roll of Honour 1914-18

An Illuminated Roll of Honour commemorating employees of Elliott`s Potteries (West Howe) who served in the 1914-18 War is on display in the Kinson Hub, Bournemouth.

Elliotts Roll of Honour 1914-1918

2nd Lt. Edward Elliott, R.F.A., B.E.F. France, dec.

Cadet B. Elliott, Indian Army.

Pte. V. Austen, R.F.A., B.E.F. France.

Pte. B. Barrows, H.M. Navy.

Pte. A. Bartlett, Hants Regt, B.E.F. France.

Pte. W. Beament, O.V.B.L.I., B.E.F. France, dec.

Pte. G. Burbage, A.S.C., B.E.F. France.

Pte. B. Chaffey, R.M.L.I.

Pte. G. Cherrett, A.S.C., Cyprus.

Pte. W. Cherrett, Hants Regt, B.E.F. France.

Pte. P. Coates, A.S.C., B.E.F. France.

Dr. F. Crabb, A.S.C., B.E.F. France.

Pte. S. Cutler, 3rd Dorsets, B.E.F. France.

Pte. R. Dennis, Dorset Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. B. Gale, Hants Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. W. Gatterell, R.A.M.C., I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. J. Gillingham, Glos`ter Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. E. Hand, R.D.C., England.

Pte. T. Hoare, O.V.B.L.I., B.E.F. France.

Pte. B. Humphries, A.C.C., G.E.A.

Sergt. C. Jolliffe, Bedford Regt, India.

L. Corpl. E.R. Jolliffe, Hants Regt, I.E.F. Mes, dec.

Corpl. H. Jolliffe, Dorset Regt, India.

Stoker W. Jolliffe, Torpedo Boat.

Pte. S. Joyce, Dorset Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Dr. H. Legg, R.F.A., B.E.F. France, dec.

Dr. H. Sargent, R.F.A., France, dec.

Pte. J. Longstreet, Hants Regt, India.

Pte F. Millar, Devons.

O.S. H. Mitchell, Vanguard, dec.

Pte. M. Mitchell, 7th Hants, India, dec.

Dr. A. Phillips, R.F.A., India.

Dr. A. Pope, R.F.A., B.E.F. France.

Gr. J. Pope, R.F.A., B.E.F. France.

Pte. J. Reeks, Norfolk Regt, E.E.F., Egypt.

Corp. B. Roberts, R.W.F., B.E.F. France.

Dr. G. Saunders, R.F.A., I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. J. Saunders, R.F.C., England.

Pte. R. Sellars, Dorset.

Pte. J. Shaw, Gloster Regt, B.E.F. France.

Pte. F. Searley, Dorset Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. J. Slack, Hants Regt, I.E.F. Mes.

Pte. R. Stickland, Dorset Regt, India.

Pte. W. Soper, Dorset Regt,

Pte. F. Troke, Dorset Regt, B.E.F. France, dec.

Gr. G. Troke, R.G.A., B.E.F. France

Pte. S. Warren, D.C.L.I., B.E.F. France.

Pte. M. White, Hants Regt, I.E.F. Mes, dec.

Pte. S. White, R.F.A., France.

Pte. W. Steel, R.N.

Pte. W. Melbourne, A.S.C.

Pte. J. Jolliffe R.N.

Pte. A. C. Keniston, Tank Corps.

Dr. F. Sargeant, R.F.A., France.

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