Kingswood

KINGSWOOD, a liberty, in the parish of Ewell, union, and First division of the hundred, of Reigate, E. division of Surrey, 2½ miles (N. N. W.) from Gatton; containing 245 inhabitants. This place was given by Henry II. to the priory of Merton; and Henry III. granted to the prior the right of free warren here, in the 36th of his reign: at the Dissolution the estate went to the crown, and the lands have since been held by various families, some of them of consequence. The liberty comprises 1800 acres, of which 400 are woodland, and the remainder almost wholly arable: the ecclesiastical district of Kingswood includes part of Banstead parish. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, was erected at a cost exceeding £1100, raised by subscription, aided by a grant of £150 from the Incorporated Society: it was consecrated on the 14th January, 1836. The living is endowed with about £60 per annum, and is in the gift of the Vicar of Ewell. The Unitarians have a place of worship. Here was formerly a chapel, of which mention occurs towards the close of the reign of Edward I.

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

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