Kington, or Kineton (St. Peter)

KINGTON, or Kineton (St. Peter), a market-town and parish, in the union of Stratford-upon-Avon, Kington division of the hundred of Kington, S. division of the county of Warwick; containing, with the chapelry of Combrook, 1248 inhabitants, of whom 966 are in the town, 10½ miles (S. S. E.) from Warwick, and 82 (N. W. by W.) from London. This place, which gives name to the hundred, is so designated from its having been a royal residence. About a quarter of a mile to the south-west, on a spot still called Castle Hill, was a castle, in which King John is said to have held his court; but there are no vestiges of the building, traces of the moat by which it was surrounded being the only discernible remains: the site is planted with trees, and at a short distance from the spot is a well styled King John's Well. The name Kineton, which is more ancient than Kington, is thought by some to have been obtained from the place having been at a very early period a considerable mart for cattle, or kine. By this name it was given by Henry I. to the monks of Kenilworth; and coming afterwards into the possession of Milo de Kineton, it was taken from him by Stephen, and restored to the monks.

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

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