Place:Kilmington, Wiltshire, England

TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.127°N 2.327°W
Located inWiltshire, England     (1896 - )
Also located inSomerset, England     (1896 - )
See alsoNorton Ferris Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
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Kilmington is a civil parish and a village now in the extreme west of Wiltshire, England, about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Warminster. The parish includes the hamlets of Kilmington Common and Norton Ferris.

It lies on the northern edge of the ancient Selwood Forest. Whitesheet Hill is in the far east of the parish, and Long Knoll (288m above sea level) is a long ridge on the northern boundary of the parish. Until 1896 Kilmington was in the historic county of Somerset, as part of the Norton Ferris Hundred.

The following descriptions are from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland published 1868:

"KILMINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Norton Ferris, county Somerset, 9 miles S. of Frome, its Post town, 6 from Bruton, and 4 N.W. of Mere. The parish is small, and considered to be the most easterly in the county. A battle was fought here between the Danes and Alfred the Great. Near Stourhead is a triangular brick tower, 155 feet in height, founded in 1772 by Henry Hoare, Esq., commemorative of the victory gained by Alfred over the Danes; and in the S.W. extremity of the parish is a small oval intrenchment called Jack's Castle. The inhabitants are principally employed in agriculture. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £450. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £498. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is a plain structure, with a tower containing two bells. In the church are interred the remains of Mr. Hartgill, and his son, both murdered in the reign of Queen Mary, by Lord Stourton, and others, who were convicted and executed. Kilmington manor, formerly belonging to the crown, was granted to the family of Le Port, in the reign of Edward I.; it afterwards passed to the family of the Hartgills. Sir Ainslie Hoare, Bart., of Stourhead, is the present owner of Kilmington manor."
"NORTON-FERRIS, a tything in the parish of Kilmington, hundred of Norton-Ferris, county Somerset, 6 miles S. of Frome."

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