West Kington

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West Kington
Church of S. Mary the Virgin, West Kington - geograph.org.uk - 123847.jpg
St Mary the Virgin parish church
West Kington is located in Wiltshire
West Kington
West Kington
West Kington shown within Wiltshire
OS grid reference ST8177
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Chippenham
Postcode district SN14
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
Website West Kington Village, Wiltshire
List of places
51°30′25″N 2°15′32″W / 51.507°N 2.259°W / 51.507; -2.259Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 2°15′32″W / 51.507°N 2.259°W / 51.507; -2.259

West Kington is a village in Nettleton civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The village is close to the county boundary with Gloucestershire and 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the Gloucestershire market town of Chipping Sodbury.

The village is in the steeply wooded valley of the Broadmead Brook, a source of the Bybrook River.

The hamlet of West Kington Wick is 0.6 miles (0.97 km) southeast of the village.


The Church of England parish church of St Mary the Virgin has a 13th and 15th century west tower.[1] The rest of the church was rebuilt in 1856 to designs by the architect S.B. Gabriel of Bristol.[1] It is Grade II* listed.[2]

The farmhouse called Latimer Manor dates from the 16th century and is also Grade II* listed.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Hugh Latimer was vicar of West Kington church from 1531, prior to the controversy in the reformation which led to his martyrdom in Oxford.[4]

Television producer Dilys Breese retired to the village and is buried there.[5]


The music video for the song The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats was filmed in West Kington in the summer of 1982.[6]


  1. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (revision) (1975). Wiltshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 564. ISBN 0-14-0710-26-4. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, West Kington, Nettleton (1022974)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Latimer Manor, West Kington (1183476)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Church of St. Mary the Virgin, West Kington". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  5. ^ Paine, Barry (17 October 2007). "Obituary: Dilys Breese". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance - Music Video