Kenelm, St.

KENELM, ST., a chapelry, in the parish of Hales-Owen, union of Stourbridge, Upper division of the hundred of Halfshire, Hales-Owen and E. divisions of the county of Worcester, 2½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Hales-Owen; comprising the townships of Hunnington and Romsley, and containing 571 inhabitants. This place derives its name from the dedication of its chapel to St. Kenelm, fifteenth king of Mercia, who, after a reign of only five months, and while still a child, is by some historians said to have been accidentally killed, and by others to have been murdered by his sister Quendreda; he was buried in Clent wood, from which his remains were afterwards removed, and interred with great solemnity in Winchcomb church, by the side of his father Cynewulph. The living is in the patronage of the Vicar of Hales-Owen. The chapel, consisting only of a nave, is in the early English style, with a very beautiful tower: over the south entrance is some ancient sculpture; and on the outside is the sculptured figure of a child with a crown over its head, representing St. Kenelm.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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