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. The restored telephone box now contains a library.
The Kingsdon Festival is an increasingly popular annual event held every August Bank Holiday weekend. Consisting of three nights of live music and dancing, a fete on the Saturday with exhibitions of local crafts, dog show, various stalls, raffle, vintage cars, BBQ and other attractions.
The 13th Century church, lovely old kingsdon Inn, community shop, village hall, allotments and numerous clubs and activities all help to add to the unique spirit of this very special place. 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.
Here is an aerial view showing the extent of the parish.