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Kintbury (St. Mary)

KINTBURY (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hungerford, hundred of Kintbury-Eagle, county of Berks, 3½ miles (E. S. E.) from Hungerford; containing, with the tything of Holt, 1881 inhabitants. The Kennet and Avon canal passes through the parish; and on the banks of the river Kennet, here, is a silk-throwing mill. Kintbury had formerly a market on Friday, and fairs on the festival of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, and on that of St. Simon and St. Jude, granted in 1268 to the nuns of Amesbury. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £20, and in the gift of Admiral Dundas, who, with others, is impropriator: the great tithes have been commuted for £402, and the vicarial for £803; the glebe comprises 3 acres. The church is partly in the Norman style. At Dentford Park, in the parish, a district church was consecrated on the 23rd of August, 1834; it was built and endowed at the expense of George Henry Cherry, Esq., and is in the early English style, with a beautiful embattled tower and four spires. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. In digging a grave, in 1762, a considerable number of Saxon coins, of Edred, Edwy, and Edmund, was discovered under a skull.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.