There are so many things to love about Kineton. A pretty village on the River Dene, Kineton is right in the heart of South Warwickshire and has a rich heritage.
The first recorded reference to Kineton was in 969 when Saxon King Edgar granted some land there to a trusted counsellor. It was also mentioned in the Domesday Book as Kington and on the outskirts of the village, at the foot of Pittern Hill, are the remains of the earthworks of a motte and bailey castle known as King John’s Castle. It is so called as it is believed King John held a Court Leet there.
In the 13th century, Stephen de Segrave had a Tuesday market in his manor of Kineton and a fair on the eve and day of St Peter and St Paul. The market died out by 1840 when the market house was pulled down and a school built on the site. Sadly, the fair also no longer takes place.
Kineton has royal connections too most notably during the English Civil War, the village was looted by Prince Rupert with part of the Royalist army. In July 1643, King Charles met Queen Henrietta Maria at Kineton.
As well as its history there are other reasons to love Kineton. Its stunning rural location makes it a firm favourite of both families who want a life away from the hustle and bustle of city living, but also for those looking to downsize.
The schools are well regarded, there are plenty of sporting activities that take place in and around the village and with the countryside on the doorstep there are lots of opportunities for walking especially with our four-legged friends.
Most of all we love that Kineton has such a great sense of community and as such is a very friendly village. It has several shops, two pubs, a post office and a very popular chippie and Indian restaurant – essential to village life!
The village also boasts a thriving Sports and Social Club, Amateur Dramatic Society, Kineton Camera Club and the Edgehill Bellringers.
They say lovely things come in small packages and with Kineton we couldn’t agree more!