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"KINGSTONE, a parish in the hundred of Tintinhull, county Somerset, 1 mile S.E. of Ilminster, its post town, 4 miles S.W. of South Petherton, and 6 N.W. of Crewkerne. The parish is small, and contains the hamlets of Allowenshay and Ludney. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £53. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient structure, with a square tower containing 4 bells. There is a school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school. Earl Poulett is lord of the manor and chief landowner. There are ruins of a very ancient church at Allowenshay." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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