A Kinson website devoted to old Kinson and modern Kinson
Kinson Review of 2012
Enjoying local history through Communigate
Old Maps of Kinson and the surrounding district
Unusual sunsets in Kinson
Kinson Astronomy Photo diary
Kinson Wild Flowers Botany & Blooms picture diary
Kinson Common Wild Orchids
Mr. Archibald Hedge Hog`s column
Looking around the historic Kinson Church
About this website
Kinson Common, Local Nature Reserve, SSSI, SACs site
Kinson & Kinson Common, 1066 to modern times
Kinson Local Astronomy monthly
Poems about Kinson
History of Kinson in Dorset
Natural history files for Kinson, Longham, Millhams, Turbary
A Naturalist`s Millennium & Kinson Nature Diaries
Kinson Heritage buildings
Kinson Common Virtual Tour
Glimpses of Old Kinson
Kinson Monthly Nature Diary
Moonfleet mono photo gallery
Moonfleet colour photo gallery
Moonfleet cartoon photo gallery
Insects and Spiders
All named areas of Kinson Common
Kinson Walks 2013
Kinson News 2013
Moonfleet Kinson Wild Birds Photo Gallery
Which of these places do you like to visit in Kinson?
A Communigate website devoted to Kinson
|This website was created by Rod & Jackie Haskell |
who have lived in the heart of Kinson for over 38 years. Welcomed assistance has been given also by family and friends.
Both are more than happy to pass on their very detailed knowledge about the area and are totally committed to ensuring the community feeling in Kinson lives on.
Communigate offers them a unique opportunity to pass on their individual knowledge about a very interesting and deeply-rooted community in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Moonfleet of Kinson can be contacted by telephoning: 01202 572425.
Moonfleet of Kinson can also be contacted by personally writing to:
Moonfleet, c/o 421 Kinson Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 5HG. SAE please.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Our website`s name
|Why is our website named "Moonfleet of Kinson"?
The word Moonfleet is a haunting one. It conjures
up romantic thoughts about the past and it is a
very splendid word immortalised by John Meade Falkner and his unforgettable book - a true classic which every child and child at heart should still read today, tomorrow and certainly in the future!
When we grew up, many stories were told to us by
the late respected Mrs. Pepper and Mrs. Edwards
who lived in Kinson Road.
These stories had a smuggling theme and the word
Gulliver was remembered from a young age. We also
were taught that Old Kinson has strong links with
the past and these deep roots are still intact now and essentially bind the local community together. This is certainly evident in our Kinson Primary School which was founded in 1836.
In our "informative years", much research was
undertaken locally and almost every field in the
Kinson area has been explored, as indeed has
every available piece of paper which bears the
name of Kinson. Buildings and people have always held a fascination of their own. It is wonderful to be able to look at buildings still standing in Kinson and to research the details about who lived in them.
Although Kinson is barely 4 miles or so from the
sea, it really is a place which has a lot in common with Fleet, or rightly East or West Fleet along the Chesil Beach coastline near Weymouth. We too have stories and tales of intrigue; of happiness; of sadness; of deceit: and indeed the smugglers here in the past would have fitted in nicely with the general theme which runs through Moonfleet.
Any modern writer, if they had a mind to, could
write another smuggling novel which would take in many facets of Kinson village`s past and there are numerous past living characters who could be brought to life again as vividly as J. M. Falkner wrote his epic tale.
Admittedly, the sea has not flooded Kinson as
it did Moonfleet, nor ever will. But Kinson has
been swept by tides of change, and it has been
a real struggle to hold onto the roots and the
heart that many of us hold dear in our everyday
Some time ago now, a small sign which says
"Moonfleet", was firstly carved and hung over our
front porch. It was placed there to commemorate
the fact that our home stands on land once owned
by Isaac Gulliver and that teams of small pack horses once trotted down School Lane or Stoney Lane to Kinson Church.
We are proud to name our Website "Moonfleet
of Kinson" and this is why we use this name.
The logo of Moonfleet of Kinson
|Logo of Moonfleet of Kinson
As visitors to our website will have noticed, we are trying to feature many topics of interest
about the Kinson area. However, at the end of any day, some may think that the activities of Moonfleet also end. Not so.
At dusk, bats and moths fly over the area and are worth researching. There is also the wonderful world of Astronomy to explore.
At certain times in the year the night sky in the Kinson area does permit good obervations of the Moon and many planets including, Jupiter and Saturn.
Whilst enjoying a detailed view of a crescent Moon, a digital photograph was taken. This photograph was resized to a thumbnail and using computer magic, it has been adopted for use in many colours throughtout our website.
We felt this to be an ideal logo for our site. Each month, the humble Moon passes through many phases and does sometimes illuminate the Kinson
area. Every month something different is happening under a changing skyline and life continues as it has always done so.
In addition to using the Earth`s campanion as our logo, we are also reminded of Moonfleet and of the fact that when Robert Trotman died in March of 1765, the Moon had not long set after Mars. Jupiter was in Gemini. By 11p.m. on that fateful night, the North shore at Poole was quiet again and Robert Trotman and his gang would not trouble this area again.