Kingstone, Somerset

Historical Description

Kingston, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under the S extremity of the Quantock Hills, 3¼miles NNW of Taunton station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Taunton, The parish contains also the hamlet of Hestercombe. Acreage, 3022; population of civil parish, 864; of ecclesiastical, 943. The Hestercombe estate belonged, in the time of the Confessor, to Glastonbury Abbey; was given, by the-Conqueror, to the Bishop of Coutance; passed to the Bishops of Winchester; belonged for centuries to the Warre family, and now belongs to Viscount Portman. Tetton and Tain-field are chief residences. The parish is noted for its cider. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £240. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is Early and Later English, consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with sculptured and pinnacled tower, and contains finely carved bench-ends in the flamboyant style, and an interesting old altar-tomb of the Warre family. There is a Congregational chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Somersetshire
Ecclesiastical parish Kingston St. Mary
Hundred Taunton and Taunton-Dean
Poor Law union Taunton

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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DistrictSouth Somerset
CountySomerset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtTA19
Post TownIlminster