Kingsdon is a small historic village with just over 150 houses that nestles in the undulating hills of South Somerset with far reaching views to the east and south. With excellent transport links, Kingsdon lies half-way between the Roman settlement of Ilchester and the ancient market town of Somerton and retains an old-world charm.
There is no through traffic and a wealth of historic cottages and elegant houses of individual character line the quiet streets. Many of the old (and some of the new) houses have been built using blue lias stone quarried from within the village. The same stone is used for walls finished with ‘cow and calf’ (or cock and hen) tops. Several walls show evidence of where water pumps once stood and one still stands outside of the village shop.
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The Kingsdon Festival is an increasingly popular annual event organised by the Kingsdon Jubilee Fund usually held every August Bank Holiday weekend. Consisting of live music and dancing, a fete with exhibitions of local crafts, dog show, various stalls, raffle, vintage cars, licensed bar, BBQ and other attractions.
The 13th Century church, lovely old kingsdon Inn, community shop, village hall, allotments, village library (housed in the former red BT telephone box) and activities all help to add to the unique spirit of this very special place.
Kingsdon is home to a variety of clubs and societies including from table tennis to knitting, croquet to canine, art to short mat bowls. See the clubs section to find out more.
The Kingsdon Chronicle is available to download for free from this website.
Most of this compact village lies on the face of the hill headed by All Saints’ church, but a few houses are on the other side where you will also find Glenda Spooner Farm (World Horse Welfare) which rehabilitates around 65 horses and ponies at a time.
The rest of the parish is farmed retaining a traditional small field structure, which is particularly beneficial to a wide range of wildlife. The National Trust property of Lytes Cary is just a mile from the village centre.
We hope you enjoy exploring this website to learn more about our village and hope to see you here soon.
Click Here of an aerial view showing the extent of the parish.
Created by Hannah Carlisle 2014. Updated by Tim Taylor 2017/19