This history of Kingsland has been developed from the following works:
- Kingsland’s History, produced by Revd George Jobling (see documents below)
- The Leon Valley by Norman C. Reeves, and published by Phillimore & Co., of Chichester, Sussex
- Listed Buildings in Kingsland
We are indebted to many others who have provided input into this history – and further contributions are always welcome. General online resources for research on Kingsland are listed at the bottom of this page.
Below are documents of historical interest. If you have any others we can add please contact us via the Contact Us page. As usual, please get permission from the lender before reproducing any of these documents elsewhere. Many thanks.
1. The History of Kingsland
This was typed up from the original documents and lent by Malcolm Sampson. You can read it by clicking here It includes:
- Transcript of the ‘History of Kingsland’ written by the Rev George Henzel Jobling, rector of Kingsland from 1925-1953. This was written in the late 1950s/1960 and the original is reproduced further down the page. (document p2-27)
- A transcript taken from ‘Village History 1854-1954; Our Village in Living Memory’ written by the WI in 1958, together with bits from the WI scrapbook produced in 1960. The originals of these documents are in the Hereford Archive (HARC) in Hereford. A guide to the contents in this part of the document is below:
|Page no. on document||Subjects Covered|
|27-28||Introduction and History|
|39-50||St Michael and All Angels Church – includes Building; Rectors; Organ; Choir; Sunday School; Bells and Bellringers; Customs; Registers; The Wheel Bier; Expenses; Charities; Theft of Church Plate|
|51||Other Places of Worship|
|59||Local Government – Includes The Vestry; Kingsland Councillors; The Rural District Council; The County Council; Elections; Politics|
|70||Entertainment at The Croase|
|71||Trades; Businesses; Occupations|
|79||The Post Office|
2. The History of Kingsland by the Rev George Jobling
Contributed by Bryan and Jackie Markham, this is the original document (in two parts) written by the Rev James Jobling in the late 1950s/1960 (transcribed in the document above).
3. Dr Robert Williams (‘Doctor Bob’) 1849-1936
Doctor Bob lived and died at the Croase which was owned by his grandfather. He practiced as a doctor at The Croase for 60 years. This biography was written by his son Edward Robert Williams in 2003 (contributed by Bryan and Jackie Markham)
4. Parish magazines
Many thanks again to Bryan and Jackie Markham who have lent us 3 Parish Magazines from 1874 and just click on the edition below to read them. Very different from the Kingsland News we receive today!
5 The Kingsland School 1846-1996 150th Anniversary booklet
Many thanks to Cliff Davis for lending this and you can listen to his memories on the Oral History page. You can read the booklet by clicking here
6 A bill for a coffin from G. Lewis and Son at the Jubilee Wagon Works
This document from 1943 was kindly lent by Bryan and Jackie Markham. It shows a bill for a coffin for John Sankey in 1943. At this time G. Lewis was also an undertaker.
In addition, we give below some links to web pages which are interesting further reading:
- Link to Extract from Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1868
- UK Genealogy Archives (for Kingsland)
- British History Online also has a page on Kingsland with detailed information on the Church, Castle and many buildings throughout the village
- Vision of Britain form the University of Portsmouth has useful historical information .
- University of Leicester Special Collections – Gazetteers of Herefordshire from 1840 – many have listings and descriptions of Kingsland, including its history and tradesman and services in the parish.