Kelston  Somerset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kelston like this:

KELSTON, or KELWESTON, a village and a parish in Keynsham district, Somerset. The village stands on the river Avon, near Saltford r. station, 4 miles NW of Bath; and has a post office under Bristol. The parish comprises 1, 095 acres. Real property, £2, 714. Pop. in 1851, 259; in 1861, 212. ...

Houses, 43. The decrease of pop. arose partly from the discontinuance of brass mills. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey, went to a natural daughter of Henry VIII.; passed to the Harringtons, the Hawkinses, and the Neelds; and is now held by trustees of Mr. Inigo Jones. A mansion was built on it, for the Harringtons, in 1587, by Barozzi, the Italian architect; gave entertainment to Queen Elizabeth and James I.; was, with the exception of some out-buildings, taken down in 1760; and was succeeded by a picturesque structure, built for Sir Cæsar Hawkins, nearer the river. A handsome school-house was erected, in 1860, by Col. Inigo Jones. Kelston Round Hill has an altitude of 730 feet above sea level. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £296. * The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1860; consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with a tower; and contains the graves of Sir John Harrington, the wit and poet, Henry Harrington, the musician, and the Very Rev. Sir William Cockburn, Bart.

Kelston through time

Kelston is now part of Bath and North East Somerset district. Click here for graphs and data of how Bath and North East Somerset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kelston itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kelston in Bath and North East Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th July 2024

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