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Living in Kington: The local area guide
Tucked into the Herefordshire countryside, Kington is a bustling market town. The well-preserved town centre includes an intriguing mix of architecture from throughout the ages. The half-timbered dwellings are of particular interest, having changed little since the 1600s. The Market Hall dates back to the Victorian era and remains a strong centre of community today.
Kington’s rural location near the Welsh border makes it a popular stopping point for walkers. It hosts the ‘Kington Walks’ festival in September, and local walking paths include Offa’s Dyke Path, the Mortimer Trail, and the Herefordshire Trail. Yet, there’s no shortage of modern amenities in town. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the modern golf club or leisure centre, and the town’s high street is lined with independent shops and diverse eateries. The Kington Museum is an informative stop for those wishing to learn more about the regional history. The Church of St Mary the Virgin is also well worth a visit, with its Norman architecture and ornately designed stained glass windows.
The 2011 Census showed that the population of Kington Ward was 3,240. Just over a third of residents live alone, with the average household size being 2.2. One in four residents is over the age of 65, which is a slightly higher percentage than the rest of Herefordshire.
For centuries the lush countryside and farmland surrounding Kington has helped support an agricultural economy. Today, farming has fallen somewhat by the wayside to make room for other industries, including the retail and service ones, which many of those who live in the town centre find their employment within. There’s also a bustling tourist trade in the summer, when visitors arrive for recreational walking and sightseeing. Interestingly, over 20% of residents fall into the ‘small employers and own account workers’ category, according to the latest Census.
There are two main schools within Kington, including Kington Primary School and Lady Hawkins High School. A local preschool is also available, the Little Orchard Day Nursery. Kington Primary School serves primary students with a caring atmosphere and modern facilities. The latest Ofsted inspection report noted that the school’s strengths include its strong family atmosphere, which allows students to learn in a safe environment.
Lady Hawkins High School and Sixth Form College was founded in 1632 and has evolved over the years with the needs of the community. This comprehensive, co-educational school is centrally located and includes three houses. Exam results were impressive in 2015, with students achieving 80% A-C GCSE mathematics results. Other subjects offered include Modern Languages, Science, English, and the Humanities.
Getting in and around Kington is simple, whether you’re travelling by bus, rail, or car. The A44 motorway used to run directly through town, but is now located on the edges, thanks to a new bypass. Cardiff is a 1.5 hour drive away, and Birmingham a little further still. Hereford is within easy reach however, being only a 35-minute drive along the A44 and A438 motorways.
Kington has its own bus operator, Sargeants Brothers. They have been up and running since the 1920s, and today serve the region with regular routes. Bus services connect Kington residents with an array of neighbouring villages both in England and Wales, including Leominster, Presteigne, Knighton, and Newton. You’ll find the closest train station in Knighton, although Leominster and Hereford also offer rail services.
Amenities and shopping
Whether you’re looking for basic conveniences or quirky independent shops, you’ll find a blend of businesses in Kington. Gift and card shops, bakeries, and electronics outlets are all available in the town centre. There are outdoor and gardening supply stores on hand, along with a local butchers and fishmongers. Coffee shops like Border Bean help fuel residents with caffeine, while The Chocolate Box fulfils any craving for sweets. Bustling markets are held throughout the week for those seeking something locally made.
Although there’s a Co-operative supermarket and several clothing shops within Kington, you can also travel to Hereford for a wider selection of big box stores. The Maylord Shopping Centre houses an Argos and other big names, and is highly accessible, being only a half hour or so away from Kington.
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