Kimpton (St. Peter and St. Paul)

KIMPTON (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Hitchin, hundred of Hitchin and Pirton, county of Hertford, 5 miles (N. W. by W.) from Welwyn; containing 945 inhabitants. It comprises 3582a. 1r. 9p., of which 2968 acres are arable, 394 meadow, and 220 woodland. The females are mostly engaged in the platting of straw. A fair for hiring servants is held in September. The living is a vicarage, endowed with part of the rectorial tithes, and valued in the king's books at £12; the patronage, and the remainder of the rectorial tithes, belong to Lord Dacre. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for £688. 8., and the vicarial for £449. 9.: the glebe comprises 22 acres. The church is situated on an acclivity rising from the north of the village; it has a square embattled tower surmounted by a short spire, and contains a fine screen of oak, with almost perfect remains of the ancient rood-loft.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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