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History of Kingston

Kingston comes from the Old English ‘cyning’ meaning a ‘king’ with ‘tūn’ as an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, a village’; therefore, the ‘king’s farm/settlement’.


Kingston parish church is a Grade: I listed building, dedicated to Saint Giles. The Normans built it early in the 12th century, and extended the chancel 100 years later. Further alterations followed in the 14th century with the rebuilding of the tower in the 15th century. Around 1325, William le Belyetere cast and hung a bell in the tower. An unknown London founder cast a treble bell in 1450, and Joseph Hatch added a third in 1610. In 1800, Edward Hasted described St Giles church as consisting of ‘one isle and one chancel, having a square tower at the west end, in which are three bells… This church, though small, is neat’. In the 1880’s, the Victorians carried out repairs, which included re-flooring, reseating and new choir stalls. In 1988, the Poor Priest’s Hospital, Canterbury received the 1325 bell as part of an exhibition…. more