Kimberley: a little town with big heart

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Kimberley has an attractive Victorian centre with numerous trendy shops and cafes and a smattering of parkland right in the centre.

With a centre consisting of Main Street and adjoining James Street and Green Lane

The eye-catching war memorial on Mainstreet is an interesting centrepiece, rare for its rotunda and a symbol of the town, appearing on the Kimberley School badge.

Most shopping is done in the Victoria shopping area, with ample parking, a number of well known stores and the town’s main supermarket.

Bargain-hunters will be spoiled for choice by the range of brickabrack at second-hand shops.

Kimberley’s Main Street houses most of the town’s amenities, the town hall, an old chapel converted into a bar and grill, beauty salons and cafes.

You may think their barking, but Kimberley is home to a lot of dog lovers and they don’t just have a a puppy pampering parlour, but also a doggy delicattessen (good if you want to treet Rex with some canine canapes).

Just down from Victoria is the town’s historic centre.

On the crossroads is an incredibly attractive Victorian cluster where you’ll find Kimberley’s upmarket sellers. There’s boutiquey clothes at Fleuraines, home designs, chocolateer and a staple from days of old in A. Plumb & Son’s hardware shop.

Off Main Street is the charming James Street, best for restaurants with a traditional chippy, authentic italian dining at Sinatra’s.

After dinner choose from a selection of pubs on Main Street, including the colliers’ old haunt at the Nelson and Railway.

Kimberley was once a centre for coal, brewing and hosiery.

It boomed in the industrial revolution when the midlands fuelled the engine of empire and remained a major area for coal right up until the closures in the 1980s.

The town’s heritage for brewing, however, lasted right up until the 21st Century.

It started in 1832 with the opening of Hardys & Hansons, which later became Kimberley Brewery.

It has since closed but the site of the old operation is still fondly held and quite an interesting relic on the outskirts of town.