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Kelston, Somerset

Historical Description

Kelston or Kelweston, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on the river Avon, with a station on the M.R., Ill miles from London and 4 NW of Bath, and a post office under Bath; money order office. Lower Weston; telegraph office, Weston. Acreage of parish, 1093; population, 188. The manor belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey, went to a natural daughter of Henry VIII., passed to the Harring-tons, the Hawkinses, and the Neelds, and now belongs, with Kelston Park, to the Inigo-Joues family. A mansion was built on it for the Harringtons in 1587 by Barozzi, the Italian architect, and was, with the exception of some out-buildings, taken down in 1760, and succeeded by a picturesque structure built for Sir Caesar Hawkins nearer the river. Kelston Round Hill has an altitude of 730 feet above sea-level. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £198 with residence. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1860, consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with a tower, and contains the graves of Sir John Harrington the wit and poet, Henry Harrington the musician, Sir Caesar Hawkins, first baronet, and the Very Rev. Sir William Cockburn, Bart.

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


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

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishKelston St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionKeynsham 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in association with Somerset Archives & Local Studies, have images of the Parish Registers for Somerset online.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Kelston from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA1
Post TownBath