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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.

Cemeteries

Census

  • 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.

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the West Kington area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

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

Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which West Kington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST814776 (Lat/Lon: 51.496981, -2.269352), West Kington which are provided by:

 

Societies

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.