Kingsland, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands in a fertile valley between the rivers Lugg, Arrow, and Pinsley, near the line of a Roman road, 4 miles WNW of Leominster, is said to have had a castle where King Merwald was buried, was once a market-town, is well-built and of considerable extent, and has a station on the G.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.) There is a fair on 11 Oct. The parish includes the townships of Astou, Lawton, Street, Longford, and West Town. Acreage, 4932; population, 975. The manor belonged for merly to the Mortimers. The battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461 was fought on Kingsland Field, 2½ miles NW of the village, and is commemorated by a monumental stone erected there in 1799. The township of Street and the ancient mansion of Street Court derive their names from the Roman road. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £651 with residence. The church was built by Edmund Mortimer in the 13th century, and was restored in 1868, and contains a piscina, sedilia, some good stained glass, and several monuments. On the E side of the porch there is a curious chamber known as the Volka's Chamber. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Kingsland St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Leominster|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Kingsland from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Kingsland (St. Michael))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Herefordshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Kingsland 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 Herefordshire newspapers online: