Old Kinson Familie's


I do not intend to delve into pre-history or even the middle ages ! just a few lines about some of the families that  Kinson has been home to for at least 200 years or more.


One has to mention the Elliot family who have farmed the land since 1816 to 1956  by various family members.

As well as farming they later went into the Pottery business as  covered on a previous page.The red- brick Cudnell farm house  built by M.E.Elliot and occupied by a member of the family until 1917 was set in a lovely garden  with views across the meadow to Longham. The farm lands extended to Millhams Lane  and are now either built upon or remain open land.

The nearby Abbotts farm  was for many years farmed on land known as Durdells . The house,built of brick and of a simple design, had a bakehouse at the side and a large three-bay  barn before it. It was demolished in 1970. An old map shows Mary Durdlle's meadow between here and Longham. Between Durdell's and Kinson came Pitts Farm. Its thatched farmhouse and

buildings,once owned by Isaac Gulliver ,stood alongside the main road,and its lands extended west to the present Durdell's Avenueband ran south to meet Poole Lane. One of the fields was called skulls pit. In 1927 palaeolithic implements were found in the area. In 1840 Mary Rodwell farmed Pitts, in the mid century it was farmed by Thomas Witheridge who also ran a butcher's shop from the farm and at  the end of the century by my own 3x grt grandfather Uriah Cole .The farm was demolished around 1932.


In the village where the present day post office is, was a row of ten cottages with their own enclosed gardens , called Oxford Square ,this little community had its own water which drained from a field behind them into a tank and it was here that my own grandfather Henry James Cole (Known as Jimmer) was born in 1891, although in the 1901 Census the address is 23 Kinson Village ? and I was told that my great granny Fanny Cole (nee Longman) had a cottage next to the Dolphin where she ran a coal yard , after her husband died at a young age in 1897 which must have been hard with 3 young children to care for.

I have found her listed in the local directory , she used to buy the coal at 1/6d from Poole Quay and then call round the houses on her horse & cart ! she must have been quite a character I think . Her neigbours in 1901 were the families of Short,

Arnold,Scott,Ware and Rose ,also the families of Nippard/Bartlett (big family)/King/and Bennett to name a few .


The Bennett family also feature in my family as they married into my Cuff ancestors who originally hail from Shapwick Dorset and strangely enough Charles Bennett who at one time was landlord of the Dolphin Inn , as was my other ancestror Charles Beckingham ! returning to Charles Bennett  born December 28, 1870 – March 9, 1949) here is a article from the BBC News page:-

""His efforts helped forge Great Britain's reputation as a major force at the Olympics.

Dashing around the track to breast the tape, railway worker Charles Bennett became the country's first gold medallist in a track event.

Yet more than a century later his name is all but forgotten by today's sports enthusiasts.

However, all that is about to change because residents of Shapwick - population 190 - are to open a village green in his honour.

It was at the Paris Games in 1900, where the unassuming 29-year-old triumphed, coming first in the 1,500-metre event.

He created a world record of 4 min 6.2 sec and made his mark.

Despite making history, Mr Bennett eventually returned to his job on the Bournemouth to Waterloo railway and drifted into obscurity. When he died in 1948, aged 78, he was a publican in Kinson, Bournemouth.

When he came back he was carried shoulder high through the streets of Wimborne

                                                  (On the right is Charles Bennett with his gold medal)




""Grandson Chris Bennett  

Now 104 years later, residents of the Dorset village want to ensure the amateur runner's

amazing achievement will be commemorated. "It is fitting that Charles Bennett be

remembered in this way," explained Margaret Wetenhall, chair of Shapwick Community

Trust, set up for the purpose of fundraising for the Olympian project.

The trust began negotiating for the plot of land with the National Trust in 2001,

 securing a 25-year lease in June.

Mrs Wetenhall, who has lived in Shapwick for 17 years, added: "We have 50 children in the village and they have nowhere to play." Interest in Mr Bennett was sparked by the Bournemouth Athletics Club who asked the trust to stage a race day - the Charles Bennett Millennium Mile Race - on September 2000. The event raised £3,500 towards the project. Funds have also come from other sources including the East Dorset District Council, the Countryside Agency, Doorstep Green, Living Spaces and the Lottery.  The Charles Bennett Playing Field 

"Charles Bennett has brought the village even closer together, " said Mrs Wetenhall.

The Olympian's grandson, Chris Bennett said: "I am very, very proud, when you consider he was the first British athlete to win a gold medal and that takes a lot of doing.

"I look at it as a great achievement. When he came back he was carried shoulder-high through the streets of Wimborne, apparently." Mr Bennett was the country's first track athlete to win a gold medal. However, Mr Bennett said the whereabouts of his grandfather's gold medal is a mystery. He said: "The story goes he was a gambling man and he liked the horses. We do not have the medal."


Poole Lane was not the busy short cut of to-day. It rises over Berry Hill and its south end was a community of thatched cottages . One ,called Moorside,was at least 200 yeras old and the home of mr.Wilcox for 60 years, and he remembered as recalled in a old book about Kinson published in 1972 that it was surrounded by fields for as far as the eye could see !! Shame it isent still like that !but the local Council saw to that after the Second World War ! if only they had left the old historic buildings what a rich heritage we would still have for our children to see ! and quite a tourist attraction! some of the houses were demolished as late as 1955 and 1970s  to make way for modern houses if only we had the organisations that exist to-day to protect our old buildings !its hard to believe that the Council were so short sighted.

west Howe Farm commanded the land at the top of Poole Lane, Its buildings and land suffered the same fate as East Howe Farm and at the same time.


There were small communities of four square brick and tile cottages,their names a study of local flora,Rose,Honeysuckle,Myrtle,Ivy,Laurel, Rowan and Holm Bush Cottages,with Hope Cottage and Royal Cottage for good measure. These hamlets were at Columbia Lane ,East and West Howe,Alderney, Foxlease(to become Newtown at the end of the last century) where the site of the Pound remains,and Constitution Hill.


I guess it would be remiss of me if I did not mention the occasion when in 1907 Kaiser Wilhelm's short stop at Kinson.

he was staying at Highcliff Castle ,and whilst out motoring with fellow countrymen his car became stuck in the middle of the

muddy ford called Kinson Splash, some villagers heard the cries for help and ran to pull the gentlemen to safety. A piece of

verse circulating the local pubs soon ran thus:-


                                  Jesse Short and Bill Hicks

                                  Did the work of quite six

                                  When they pulled Kaiser Bill

                                  Out of Longham ditch.




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Kinson Splash before Millhams Bridge was built ,how beautifull it was and St.Andrews Church can clearly be seen in the background looks Idylic .I wonder who the people are and did they know they were being painted?

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St.Andrews Church Kinson

Old Kinson Familie's