Place:Kingston St. Mary, Somerset, England

NameKingston St. Mary
Alt namesKingston St Marysource: from redirect
Kingston Saint Marysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Kingstonsource: modern name for parish
Fulfordsource: hamlet in parish
Yarfordsource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.05°N 3.1°W
Located inSomerset, England
See alsoTaunton and Taunton Deane Hundred, Somerset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Taunton Rural, Somerset, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Taunton Deane District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area 1974-2019
Somerset West and Taunton District, Somerset, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 2019
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Kingston St. Mary (#17 on map) is a civil parish and a village in Somerset, England, situated at the southern end of the Quantock Hills 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Taunton. The village, which today is simply known as Kingston, had a population of 921 in the UK census of 2011.

The parish includes the hamlets of Yarford which includes the grade II listed Cutley Farmhouse, and Fulford where Fulford House (built about 1830), has also been designated by English Heritage as a grade II listed building.

The Church of St Mary in Kingston St Mary on the Quantock Hills dates from the 13th century but the tower is from the early 16th century.


Kingston was originally a parish in the Taunton Deane Hundred, one of the hundreds or early subdivisions of the county of Somerset. From 1894 until 1974 it was part of the Taunton Rural District.

Image:Taunton Rural 1900 small A.png

In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, all urban and rural districts across England were abolished and counties were reorganized into metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts. Kingston joined the non-metropolitan Taunton and Taunton Deane District in 1974.

In May 2019, the districts of West Somerset and Taunton Deane merged into a single district named the Somerset West and Taunton District. The new district is not a unitary authority, and has not taken any county level functions from Somerset County Council. West Somerset covered a largely rural area, with a population of 35,300 in an area of 740 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and is the least populous non-unitary district in England. Taunton Deane's population was over 100,000, but it was still not considered a large enough district to be kept on its own.

Research tips

  • GENUKI page on Kingston St. Mary.
  • The Somerset Heritage Centre (incorporating what was formerly the Somerset Record Office and the Somerset Local Studies Library) can be found at its new location at Langford Mead in Taunton. It has an online search facility leading to pages of interest, including maps from the First and Second Ordnance Survey (select "Maps and Postcards" from the list at the left, then enter the parish in the search box).
    The Heritage Centre has an email address:
  • Three maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrate the changes in political boundaries over the period 1830-1945. All have expanding scales and on the second and third this facility is sufficient that individual parishes can be inspected.
  • Somerset Hundreds as drawn in 1832. This map was prepared before The Great Reform Act of that year. Note the polling places and representation of the various parts of the county.
  • Somerset in 1900, an Ordnance Survey map showing rural districts, the boundaries of the larger towns, the smaller civil parishes of the time, and some hamlets and villages in each parish
  • Somerset in 1943, an Ordnance Survey map showing the rural districts after the changes to their structure in the 1930s
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