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The local area guide to living in Kington

The market town of Kington is something of an anomaly. Found in Herefordshire on the border with Wales, the town is rare in that it lies west of Offa’s Dyke, the earthwork which defines much of the English-Welsh border, yet has been a part of England for over a thousand years. The settlement itself has existed in some form or another for time beyond even that, though the current iteration was founded in the 13th century. Taking advantage of droving trails that run through the town, it became a market hub for the area and was extremely influential within the wool trade. Its roots in livestock remain even today, with a weekly livestock market occurring every Thursday.

The town is located on the famed Black and White Herefordshire trail, which runs through towns that showcase some of the finest village architecture and aesthetics in the county, with Kington home to some exceedingly lovely timber framed houses over 600 years old.

Information about the local residents

Much of the residency is self-employed, with nearly three fifths of the population working within 10 km of their home. This is in keeping with the self-sustaining style of the area, where the people prefer to work and live communally and sustain a village lifestyle many regions have forgotten. Within this vein, many of the locals are employed in the agricultural industry. It’s a town that doesn’t change much and, in fact, has a proportion of over 65’s higher than anywhere else in Herefordshire.

The town also hosts some of the lowest property prices in the area, far below those in many of the former and current market towns in the county. Due to its proximity to Wales, nearly one in ten residents are Welsh born and hearing the Welsh dialect being spoken in the streets is not an uncommon occurrence.

Nearby schools

Two schools can be found within Kington, one primary and one secondary. Kington Primary School, along with several day cares, ensures the needs of younger students are met. The upper year’s school, the Lady Hawkins High School, has something of a history and is mildly famous in the region. Founded by the wife of Admiral Sir John Hawkins, the school has existed for centuries and holds the unique distinction in its approval by the Royal Navy to fly the Red Ensign on its Foundress Day.

Some parents do opt to send their children outside the town, sending them to the Weobley High School or to the Gwernyfed High School, in nearby Three Cocks, Wales.

Getting around

The A44 used to run directly through the town, though recent works have created ring roads around Kington that no longer call for the motorway to run straight through the town.

Whilst a railway line isn’t in the town, several lines are within a fifteen-minute drive. The closest would be Knighton, easily confused with Kington itself, which runs on the Heart of Wales line. Leominster is somewhat quicker to reach, depending on the roads, and runs on a separate route, the Welsh Marches Line. Having both lines within easy reach is quite a boon for the town, allowing for commuting to much of Wales and western England.

An Aerodrome several miles away offers some short domestic hauls and charter flights, whilst bus systems connect Kington to many of the surrounding villages and towns, as well as larger hubs and cities, such as Hereford.

Local shops

A wide range of shops service Kington despite its small size. With the typical fare, including a supermarket, hairdressers, garden centres, and banks.

There are some more unique shopping destinations close by. A particularly notable second-hand book store called Castle Hill Books takes up residence on Church Street. Locally owned pub, Ye Olde Tavern, has been a staple of the town for nearly 300 years and is often touted as one of the finest traditional ale houses in the UK.

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