Wilson Arms, Knowle Lodge and Park
Rising Sun was a popular inn on the road to Warwick at the north
end of Knowle High Street. It changed its name in the 1830s and
took the new name from the then Lord of the Manor of Knowle, William
Wilson. Since then it has been known as the Wilson Arms, now a
popular Toby Carvery and pictured above as it appeared at the
turn of the millennium.
the Rising Sun on the other side of the road to Warwick stood
Knowle Lodge, a fine house at the fringe of its substantial estate.
was, however, demolished in 1939. In its place in 1960 was built
a new Police Station, but this was short lived, for Knowle Police
Station closed in 1972. In 1974 these premises re-opened as Knowle
Surgery. Now more change is imminent here, following the division
into two practices. The Arden Practice will shortly move to Downing
heart of the Knowle Lodge estate became Jobs Close Park and also
a small nature reserve. When the land to the west of the park
was due for development in the early 1970s the Knowle Society
fought for and established a small oasis for wild flowers, frogs
and birds in between the park and the housing. It lies in a triangle
between Starbold Crescent, Hillmorton Road and Landor Road and
can also be accessed from the park.
the Lodge Road fringe of the park, stands a building that overlooks
it. Deceivingly, this is not yet a century old. Originally a private
dwelling and subsequently a school, it has now been a home for
our older citizens for four and a half decades. It is known today
as Jobs Close Residential Home for the Elderly.
the nature reserve and along the northern fringe of the park runs
Purnells Brook, a tributary of the River Blythe which flows on
between the higher ground of Knowle village on one side and Copt
Heath on the other. According to Joy Woodall and Mollie Varley
in their 1979 book 'Solihull Place Names' the name Purnels (sic)
is recorded as the name of the area around this brook as early
as 1605, in the Survey of Knowle. The name lives on, of course,
as Purnells Way, built in the early 1970s.