Kintbury


Kintbury

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Kintbury
latitude= 51.399550
longitude= -1.448800
population= 2,400 (Parish, 2001)
unitary_england= West Berkshire
region= South East England
lieutenancy_england= Berkshire
constituency_westminster= Newbury
post_town= HUNGERFORD
postcode_district= RG17
postcode_area= RG
dial_code= 01488
os_grid_reference= SU383669

Kintbury is a large village and civil parish in central-southern England, located in West Berkshire between the towns of Newbury and Hungerford.

Amenities

In Kintbury there is a primary school and a CofE parish church [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6264] both dedicated to St Mary, a post office, a corner shop, and one of the few village butcher's left in the whole United Kingdom The Roman Catholic youth retreat centre, St Cassian's Centre, is south-west of the village, between Inglewood and Titcomb. There are 3 pubs in the village called the Blue Ball, The Dundas Arms [http://www.dundasarms.co.uk/] and The Prince Of Wales all of which serve food.

Transport

Kintbury railway station in the village is served by local services from Reading and Newbury to Great Bedwyn. The Kennet and Avon Canal [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6270] also runs through the village at Kintbury Lock [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6273] .

Kintbury was named by the Sunday Times in 2007 as in the top ten of England's most sought after villages.

History

Kintbury was spelt "Cynetanbyrig" in the 10th century and "Kenetebury" in the 13th century. After Saint Birinus converted the people of Berkshire to Christianity in the mid 7th century, minsters soon became established in the county from which priests were sent out into the countryside. One such was founded at Kintbury, possibly it was the 'holy place' mentioned in the will of the Saxon thegn, Wulfgar, in 935.

External links

* [http://kintbury.org.uk/ Kintbury village website]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/kintbury.html Royal Berkshire History: Kintbury]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/churches/kintbury.html Royal Berkshire History: St Mary's Church, Kintbury]


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