Kintbury

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Coordinates: 51°23′56″N 1°26′56″W / 51.399°N 1.449°W / 51.399; -1.449

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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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 in the top ten of England's most sought after villages. Notable village resident include Terence Conran of Habitat fame, and the International best-selling author, Robert Harris. Kintbury remains the amongst sought after villages in England. The village demands outstanding property prices due to its direct London rail connection, location in an AONB and proximity to other transport and local cultural destinations, including Roman and Norman sites.

Amenities[edit]

In Kintbury there is the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary, Church of England primary school, post office, corner shop, and a butcher. 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 called the Blue Ball, The Dundas Arms[1] and The Prince Of Wales. Only the Blue Ball and Dundas arms serve food. The Blue Ball has a fired pizza oven in the garden. There is a tennis club, a bowls club, and a football club.

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 has a Non-League football club Kintbury Rangers F.C. who play at the recreation ground.

Notable residents[edit]

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