Kempsford

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Kempsford
Kempsford Manor (geograph 5120337).jpg
Kempsford Manor
Kempsford is located in Gloucestershire
Kempsford
Kempsford
Location within Gloucestershire
Population1,123 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU159967
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFAIRFORD
Postcode districtGL7
Dialling code01285
PoliceGloucestershire
FireGloucestershire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteParish Council
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
51°40′08″N 1°46′12″W / 51.669°N 1.770°W / 51.669; -1.770Coordinates: 51°40′08″N 1°46′12″W / 51.669°N 1.770°W / 51.669; -1.770

Kempsford is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, about 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Fairford. RAF Fairford is located near the village. The population was around 1,120 at the 2011 census.[1]

History[edit]

The Battle of Kempsford occurred on 16 January 800 AD when Æthelmund led a group of Hwiccians from Mercia in a raid against the Wiltsaetas people of Wessex. However Weoxtan led the Wiltsaetas against them, driving them back across the river. Both leaders were slain. There is a field on the banks of the Thames called Battlefield where spearheads were dug up in 1670, encouraging the view that this is where the battle took event took place.[2][3]

At Kempsford Sir Thomas Thynne (died 1639) built a new country house, demolishing an important fortified house which in the Middle Ages had defended a crossing of the River Thames.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Kempsford, Gloucestershire Heritage Guide". Britain Express. Britain Express. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ Mynors, A. B. "Kempsford" (PDF). The Kempsford Website. Kempsford Parish Council. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ Anthony Emery, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales, 1300-1500: Southern England, p. 132

External links[edit]

Media related to Kempsford at Wikimedia Commons