Kintbury

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Kintbury
Kennet and Avon Canal at the Dundas Arms, Kintbury - geograph.org.uk - 6270.jpg
Dundas Arms on the Kennet and Avon Canal
Kintbury is located in Berkshire
Kintbury
Kintbury
 Kintbury shown within Berkshire
Population 2,593 (2001)
OS grid reference SU383669
Civil parish Kintbury
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Hungerford
Postcode district RG17
Dialling code 01488
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
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Coordinates: 51°23′56″N 1°26′56″W / 51.399°N 1.449°W / 51.399; -1.449

Kintbury is a village and civil parish in West Berkshire, England, between the towns of Newbury and Hungerford. Kintbury was named by the Sunday Times in 2007 as one of the top ten most sought after villages in England. Kintbury remains among the most sought after villages in the country, due to convenient rail links to London, proximity to other transport and local cultural destinations, including Roman and Norman sites, and its location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the North Wessex Downs.

Amenities[edit]

The key amenities in the village include the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary, Church of England primary school, post office, corner shop, and a butcher's. The Roman Catholic youth retreat centre, St Cassian's Centre, is south-west of the village, between Inglewood and Titcomb. There are three pubs in the village; The Blue Ball, The Dundas Arms[1] and The Prince Of Wales. The village also boasts various sports facilities including tennis, bowls and football clubs, as well as an indoor sports centre.

Transport[edit]

Kintbury railway station in the village is served by local services from Reading and Newbury to Great Bedwyn. The Kennet and Avon Canal [1] also runs through the village at Kintbury Lock [2]. A horse drawn widebeam narrowboat runs public trips from Kintbury, either towards Newbury or towards Hungerford.

In 2009 plans were drawn up to address road safety in the village with traffic calming measures to be installed in 2010.

History[edit]

Kintbury was spelt Cynetanbyrig in the 10th century and Kenetebury in the 13th century. After Saint Birinus converted the people of Berkshire to Christianity in the mid 7th century, minsters soon became established in the county from which priests were sent out into the countryside. One such was founded at Kintbury, possibly it was the 'holy place' mentioned in the will of the Saxon thegn, Wulfgar, in 935. Although this is often considered to have been a monastery, Kintbury Abbey.

Sport and leisure[edit]

The village holds an annual "Ray Boxshall Orienteering Fun Day". An orienteering event named after Ray Boxshall who was heavily involved in running the event in the years before he died. Kintbury has two amateur drama societies - The Kintbury Players (who generally perform comedic plays), and also St Mary's Drama Group who perform an annual pantomime in the Easter half term holiday.

Kintbury is also home to North Berks Football League club Kintbury Rangers F.C., who play at the Recreation Ground. Notable former players include Queen's Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin and former Everton player Brett Angell.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Roger Mortimer (horse racing journalist) spent his final years living in Kintbury.

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