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Living in Kington: the local area guide

The charming town of Kington has a history stretching back over a thousand years and a great many mysteries surrounding it. Lying towards the west of Offa’s Dyke, the 8th century earthwork that defines much of the England-Wales borders, it has remained a part of England for over a millennium. On the town’s hilltop lays both the ruins of its former castle and the St. Mary’s Church. Rumours of hauntings have surrounded the church for centuries and sightings of the Black Dog of Hergest are claimed to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’.

Today, the town is somewhat less mysterious, subsiding, as it has for decades, as a market town. Formerly an important outpost within the wool trade, it maintains its roots even today, with a weekly livestock market occurring every Thursday. Its medieval routes are rather evident, with the town occupying the same grid structure and many of its houses having stood for over 600 years, today painted in the black and white style, it emphasises the unique timbers and craftsmanship that built these fantastic houses.

Demographics

The town is largely English, whilst the nearby Welsh border has encouraged many Welsh residents to immigrate, nearly 90% of current constituents are of English birth, most raised within Kington. A large number of residents work within the town, the vast majority within 10km of their home.

House prices in the delightful town are markedly lower than those of other market towns within the region, particularly due to the large number of renters in the area. The town is popular with retirees, the largest proportion of over 65s in Herefordshire take up residence in the town, contrasting greatly with the young families that also happily reside in Kington.

Education

The market town offers education right from pre-adolescence until GCSEs; with several nurseries, a primary school and a secondary school. The high school has something of a storied history, having been opened in 1632 by its namesake, Lady Hawkins, wife of Admiral Sir John Hawkins. To this day, it holds the distinct honour of being allowed by the royal Navy to fly the Red Ensign upon its foundress day.

Some parents do, however, choose to send their children outside the town for their education, with typical options including nearby Weobley High School or Gwernyfed High School in nearby Three Cocks, Wales.

Transport

Whilst the A44 previously passed directly through the settlement, today a ring road around Kington connects the town to the larger motorway system. Formerly home to a train station, the nearest stations now lie in Knighton, which services the Heart of Wales line, and Leominster, which sits on the Welsh Marches line. Bus systems connect Kington with the surrounding villages and towns in the region, whilst the nearby Aerodrome is often used for domestic flights.

Walking and cycling are also popular escapades, with several paths leading throughout the nearby countryside. Walking is, in fact, especially popular in the region, as the town hosts a yearly walking festival, and sits upon the Herefordshire Black and White a trail, a trail that leads through the most picturesque and beautiful villages in the region.

Amenities and shopping

All of your basic needs can be easily met within the town, with services such as supermarkets, hairdressers, design, clothes and banking all having a presence here. Some speciality services do occupy the town, and a special emphasis should be made on the nearby public houses.

The local, Ye Olde Tavern, has stood and served the town for over three centuries, and the nearby Stagg Inn, located in Titley, holds the unique honorific of being the first Michelin-Starred Pub in England. The nearby Kington golf course is an excellent green, holding the, somewhat bizarre, title of England’s highest golf course.

Those who wish for more discerning fashion and shopping can easily find such things in the nearby towns of Preston and Blackburn, both situated a short forty-minute drive or train journey.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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