Kempsford: A Village With A Coronation Stone (2023)


A picturesque village situated within the Cotswolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in1966) and near Fairford and Swindon, Kempsford’s history can be traced back to 800AD.

In 802, an army from Mercia under Ealdorman Ethelmund, an Anglo-Saxon noble, attempted to invade Wiltshire. But this army was repulsed and ultimately destroyed by Weoxtan’s band of Wiltshiremen. This is known as the Battle of Kempsford.

St Mary’s Parish Church, dating back to the 12th century, boasts a Perpendicular tower as a gift of John of Gaunt and an interior decorated with vibrantly painted tower ceiling and an effigy of Lord Lancaster.

In Kempsford lies a relic from days gone by: The Coronation Stone, thought to have been used centuries ago in the ancient coronations of Anglo-Saxon kings. A large block of limestone, it is one of only few such stones still standing today and can be found at the church.

In the early 14th century, Henry Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster, married Maud de Chaworth – the heiress to Kempsford Manor – creating a lasting royal link with the village that would last centuries.

Kempsford boasts a vast area of meadow land, much of it attached to several upland estates nearby and there is much wildlife to see including the rare red Kite.

If you feel in the need of refreshment, try The George pub which has an eye and mouthwatering menu of all my favourites including pies, salmon, and many other traditional English sweet and savoury foods for everyone.

The Cotswolds is known for its serene and tranquil atmosphere and Kempsford has this in buckets. From the meadows to rolling hills and lush countryside, you can truly unwind and relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life and in the lap of nature.

Heathrow Airport to Kempsford takes 75 minutes by car.

Accommodation can be found at Yee Tree Farmhouse in nearby Hannington Wick. Your best bet will be to rent a cottage and note, the village is right next to RAF Fairford which hosts an airshow around July every year.

If you are looking for ideas on where to visit in the Cotswolds, take a look at our Travel Cotswolds guides and our mini-guides of Bagendon, Bibury, Winchcombe, and more.

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