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West Kington

"WEST KINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Chippenham, county Wilts, 10 miles N.W. of Chippenham, its post town. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural, and is a meet for the Beaufort hounds. There are quarries of stone for common building purposes. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £553 14s. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol, value £417, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient structure with a tower containing four hells. This living was formerly held by Bishop Latimer, whose favourite oak-tree is here. William Codrington, Esq., is lord of the manor. Near Ebbedown are vestiges of a Roman camp."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

West Kington is 8 miles NW of Chippenham. Grid Ref ST814776. Postcode SN14 7JE. Population 298 in 1831, in 1951.


  • If you have been unable to find the 1841 census for this parish, Wiltshire and Swindon Archives website provides the answer as one of their Wiltshire History Questions.

Church Records

  • Common to all parishes is a Key to Abbreviations and a description of Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.

  • Indexes and registers of the parish church of West Kington, St Mary the Virgin:

    • WSRO registers: Chr 1758-1916, Mar 1754-1979, Bur 1758-1990
    • BTs before surviving registers for 1606-07, 1622-23, 1632-35, 1665-79, 1693, 1701-02, 1716-18, 1727-45, 1748-
    • IGI Mar 1754-1837 Batch M154222
    • VRI Chr 1758-1906

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Historical Geography

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