Kingweston

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Coordinates: 51°04′38″N 2°40′38″W / 51.0773°N 2.6773°W / 51.0773; -2.6773

Kingweston
Stone building with spire above a square tower.
The Approach to Kingweston Church
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Kingweston
Kingweston is located in Somerset
Kingweston
Kingweston
 Kingweston shown within Somerset
Population 128 [1]
OS grid reference ST526311
District South Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district TA11
Dialling code 01458
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Somerton and Frome
List of places
UK
England
Somerset

Kingweston is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north east of Somerton in the South Somerset district. The village has a population of 128.[1]

History[edit]

The village's name was Chinwardestune in the Domesday Book of 1086. There is evidence of Romano-British occupation in Copley Wood.[2]

After the Norman Conquest the manor was given to Eustance, Count of Bologne and held by his family until a descendant gave it to Bermondsey Abbey in 1114, who held the manor until the Dissolution of the monasteries. It then passed to the Smyth family of Long Ashton until it was bought in 1740 by Caleb Dickinson.[2]

The parish was part of the hundred of Catsash.[3]

Governance[edit]

The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of South Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Langport Rural District.[4] The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It is also part of the Somerton and Frome county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

Geography[edit]

Kingweston Meadows is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest providing an example of an unimproved herb-rich neutral grassland of a type which is now rare in Britain.[5]

Landmarks[edit]

Kingweston House was built on the site of a previous Tudor House, but the current building was erected by the Dickinson family in the 19th century. Since1946 it has been part of Millfield School.[6]


Religious sites[edit]

The parish Church of All Saints retains some medieval fragments, but was largely rebuilt by C.E. Giles between 1852 and 1855.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South Somerset population estimates for 2002". Somerset County Council. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  3. ^ "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time : Langport Rural District
  5. ^ "Kingweston Meadows". English Nature. Retrieved 14 August 2006. 
  6. ^ "Kingweston House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Church of All Saints". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 

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