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.
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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 July 2014
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