Kingston (St. Mary)
KINGSTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Taunton, hundred of Taunton and Taunton-Dean, W. division of Somerset, 3¾ miles (N.) from Taunton; containing, with the hamlet of Hestercombe, 921 inhabitants. It comprises 3413a. 3r. 15p. The surface is irregular, and rises in several parts into hills of considerable elevation; the soil in the higher lands is a stone brash, alternated with sand, and in the lower a reddish fertile loam, alternated with stiff clay. Numerous streams descend from the hills. There are quarries of stone, which is used for building and for the highways. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £18. 17. 11.; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol: the great tithes have been commuted for £398. 5., and the vicarial for £200. 10.; the glebe comprises 3 acres. The church, built, it is supposed, in Henry VII.'s reign, is a fine structure in the later English style, with a lofty embattled tower ornamented with sculpture, and crowned by pinnacles; it contains 400 sittings. There is a place of worship for Independents; and a school is partly supported by the rent of lands yielding £24 per annum.