Kington, Herefordshire Genealogy

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Guide to Kington, Herefordshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Kington, Herefordshire
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Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Huntington
County Herefordshire
Poor Law Union Kington
Registration District Presteigne
Records begin
Parish registers: 1667
Bishop's Transcripts: 1660
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Weobley
Diocese Hereford
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Herefordshire Record Office

Parish History

KINGTON (St. Michael), a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Huntington, county of Hereford; comprising the townships of Barton with Bradnor and Rushock, Both-Hergests, and Lilwall with Pembers-Oak and Chickward. In a barn still standing, the celebrated tragic actress, Mrs. Siddons, made her first appearance on the stage. [1]

Kington is a market town and civil parish in Herefordshire, see Kington Herefordshire Wikipedia

Kington St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient parish; a map of the parish boundary is found at A church near you The parish included Barton, Bradnor and Rushock, Both Hergests, Bradnor, Chickward, Rushock, Lilwall, Pembers Oak and Chickward, Old and New Kington, Pembers Oak, and Lilwall.

Brilley, Herefordshire was originally a chapelry in this parish in the 12th century

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Montfort Road, Kington has been designated as a grade I listed building British listed building

Kington StMary the Virgin  see Herefordshire Churches history and images

The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, High Street Kington  is now disused and has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building

Kington Baptist Church dates from 1868 and has been designated as a grade II listed building British listed building see also Herefordshire Churches

Kington St Bede the Memorable Roman Catholic Church, Bridge Street, Kington is linked with St Thomas of Hereford, Weobley parish website  see also Herefordshire Churches


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

This parish was withinPresteigne registration district

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. The Diocesan Record Office for Herefordshire has deposited Parish registers and Bishop's transcripts 1660-1846

Herefordshire Archive Service Herefordshire Record Office Harold Street Hereford HR1 2QX

Office Tel No: +44 (0)1432 260750 Email: Link to the Family History Library showing the film numbers in their collectionKington

Census records

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Many archives and local history collections in public libraries in England and Wales offer online census searches and also hold microfilm or fiche census returns.

Images of the census for 1841-1891 can be viewed in census collections at Ancestry (fee payable) or Find My Past (fee payable)

The 1851 census of England and Wales attempted to identify religious places of worship in addition to the household survey census returns.

Ancestry UK Census Collection

Find my Past census search 1841-1901

Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.

The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search.Find my Past 1911 census

Poor Law Unions

Kington Poor Law Union, Herefordshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Herefordshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 683-687. Accessed and adapted: 5 March, 2013
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