In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kington Magna like this:
KINGTON-MAGNA, a village and a parish in the district of Wincanton and county of Dorset. The village stands near the river Cale, the London, Yeovil, and Exeter railway, and the boundary with Somerset, 3½ miles WSW of Gillingham r. station, and 6½ W of Shaftesbury; and has a post office under Bath. ...
The parish extends across the Cale, to the boundary with Somerset; and includes the tything of Nyland. Acres, 1,891. Real property, with Buckhorn-Weston, £7, 920. Rated property of K. M. alone, £3, 807. Pop. in 1851, 652; in 1861, 552. Houses, 112. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £532.* Patrons, Trustees. The church is ancient and was recently restored. There are chapels for Independents and Primitive Methodists.
Kington Magna is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kington Magna itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kington Magna in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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