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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Kingston St. Mary|
|Hundred||Taunton and Taunton-Dean|
|Poor Law union||Taunton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Ancestry.co.uk, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Kingstone from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Kingston (St. Mary))
Online maps of Kingstone are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Somerset papers online:
- Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette
- Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser
- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.