Keyston, a parish, with a village, in Huntingdonshire, adjacent to Northamptonshire, 4 miles ESE of Thrapston, and 2½ NE from Raunds station on the M.R. It has a post office under Thrapston; money order office, Thrapston; telegraph office, Raunds railway station. Acreage, 2691; population, 208. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; net value, £192 with residence. The church is a fine cruciform structure of the 14th century, has a W tower, with lofty spire, and contains some monumental slabs. The N transept was once a private chapel, and perhaps the burial-place of Lord Fen'ers, who was interred in the church.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Keyston St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||Thrapston|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the latter part of the year 1634.
Church of England
St. John the Baptist (parish church)
The church of St. John the Baptist is a building of stone, of the end of the 12th century, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, transepts, south porch and a western tower with a handsome doorway and a lofty octagonal broach spire, relieved by three tiers of dormers on the cardinal sides and contains 5 bells: the north transept is supposed to have been formerly the private chapel and burial place of the de Ferrers family, barons Ferrers of Chartley, Staffs: the edifice was partially restored in 1883-4, at a cost of £1,000, and in 1898 the roofs of the south aisle and transept were restored, at a cost of £250; in 1904-5 the chancel was new roofed, reseated and furnished in oak and the walls partially restored, at a cost of about £400: in 1908 the steeple was repainted and windows protected with wire, and a lightning conductor erected: in 1909 the bells were renovated: there are 250 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Keyston from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Keyston (St. John the Baptist))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Huntindonshire is available to browse.