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Along the Moors - Kynnersley

Island Life

Whim Cottage From The Parish Churchyard
Whim Cottage From The Parish Churchyard

For many centuries, the village of Kynnersley, which stands on the largest of the mineral soil islands protruding above the Weald Moors, lay on the northern boundary of the Rough or Plain Moor; a vast common extending for over six miles from Sleapford to Newport, where inhabitants from surrounding townships were able to graze cattle and utilise the dense scrub for firewood and timber. While this was all very well in theory, the surface water that often covered the Rough Moor made it largely inaccessible at certain times of the year and no main road ran directly across it until the early 19th Century. As a result, Kynnersley residents occasionally found themselves seasonally cut adrift from the outside world with travel through the area only achievable in some instances by use of a boat!