Place:Kington St. Michael, Wiltshire, England

NameKington St. Michael
Alt namesKington St Michaelsource: Gazetteer of Great Britain (1999) p 398; Grove Dictionary of Art online (1999-2002) accessed 7 July 2003, Wikipedia
Kington-St. Michaelsource: Family History Library Catalog
Kington-Monarchorumsource: Family History Library Catalog
Kington Monarchorumsource: alternate spelling
Easton Piercysource: hamlet in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.485°N 2.135°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoDamerham Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Chippenham Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1934
Calne and Chippenham Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1934 - 1974
North Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Kington St. Michael is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Chippenham.

Kington St. Michael is about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) west of the A350 which links Chippenham with junction 17 of the M4 motorway; the village is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of the junction.

It is largely a linear village based on its main street, which runs from southeast to northwest. At the northwest end of the village Honey Knob Hill leads into open countryside towards Grittleton. The population of the parish in the 2011 UK census was 704.

The nearby Easton Piercy is a hamlet and part of the parish.

For many years the main activity in the village was agriculture, although there is some evidence of a small textile industry. In about 1760 the Chippenham to Malmesbury road (now the A350) was made a turnpike, and Kington benefited from the increase in traffic. By the end of the 18th century it supported "tailors, two blacksmiths and a carpenter ... [and] a slaughterhouse, malthouse and public house". By 1851 the range of occupations reported in the village had expanded even further.

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