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Kington Langley - OPC Vacancy

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Kington Langley Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chippenham - Draycot Cerne - Hardenhuish - Langley Burrell - Leigh Delamere - Stanton St. Quinton - Sutton Benger - Yatton Keynell


Websites of Interest

Duncan and Mandy Ball's - Website for images of St Peter's Church.
GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Kington Langley.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Village News Kington Langley - Website for images and current village news.


The Parish Church of St. Peter

Until 1670 when a cottage in Kington Langley was converted into a chapel of ease, parishioners used to have to travel to the nearby village of Kington St. Michael to worship some 1.6 km away.  In 1856 a purpose built chapel of ease was completed, which was made the Church of England parish church of saint Peter in 1865.  St. Peter's was designed by C.H. Gabriel with lancet windows in an Early English Gothic style.  St. Peter's is in the Diocese of Bristol.               St. Peter's Churchyard Gallery               

St Peter's Churchyard Survey 

Parish Register Transcripts







Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1855-1946
Marriages 1865-1994
Burials 1955-1981


Parish History

A pretty village at the top of Fitzurse Hill, and that ancient family also gives its name to one of the farms which later belonged to Sir Ralph Hopton. The Fitzurse's held it under Glastonbury Abbey, and one of their name will be remembered in connection with the murder of Thomas a Becket. A large 17th century house on the green is known as Great House; it retains its original front, although much altered and added to some years ago. The old church or chapel was converted into a private house in 1670. It was dedicated to St. Peter, his festival was, according to Aubrey, "one of the eminentest feasts in these parts".

The parish of Kington Langley is relatively recent in its creation.  It was formed out of part of the parish of Kington St. Michael in 1865.  It was named Kington Langley to distinguish it from another village, Langley Burrell.  During medieval times the hamlet was known as Langley Fitzurze although other spellings such as 'Langeleghe' (11th century) and 'Langley Fernhill' (1660) have been used.


The parish of Kington Langley covers approximately 1,571 acres (636 ha).  Kington Langley is situated on a high water table and the soil is mainly composed of sand with a sub-soil of Oxford clay.  The village stands on a hill, which rises 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level towards its western end.  It is an example of a 'squared' village with approaches from Swindon, Malmesbury and Chippenham.  The village has three greens.  The largest is known as the common, which covers 30 acres (12 ha) and is considered the focal point of the village.  The village is just east of the A350 trunk road.

Scarecrow Trails 2014

Civil Registration

1837 - Present Chippenham Registration District


Building and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1813-1814


Crime and Legal Matters


Aftermath of Kington Langley Revel 1822



Kellys 1915          Swindon & District 1928



Langley Fitzurse School


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business


Aviator Certificates 

Michael Francis Phillips 1947


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

1742 (earliest known date) Protestant Dissenters used to meet for worship in Kington Langley.  At first they used to meet in private houses until 1834 when James Pinnegar (a builder) built the Union Chapel on the Common and was completed in 1855.  The Chapel remains independent and is now called Union Chapel Christian Fellowship.

Moravian Church Members (East Tytherton) 

George Gingell 1703-1748


People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

1841          1851          1861          1871         1881          1891          1901          1911

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832         Voters Lists Revisions 1843          MP Nominations 2015          MP Nominations 2017


Langley Revel 1869

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - This item was donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many refer to Quaker burials found across the county

Parish Notables

Harry Dolman (1897-1977), chairman and president of Bristol City F.C.
Norris McWhirter (1925-2004), editor of Guinness World Records.
Robin Tanner (1904-1988), writer, artist and Illustrator
Heather Tanner (1903-1993), writer and campaigner


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse



National Probate Index 1858-1966


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Muster Roll 1539                 St. Peter Churchyard Memorial WWI & WWII          Why the Poppy          



Alfred Edward Bray 1916         Christoper James Cole 1917         Maurice Cole 1918          Frederick James Drewett 1916           Jack Richmond Pugh 1918          John Smith 1915 



John Albert Smith 1941

Home Guard

Home Guard 1940-1944


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