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About the parish

Our local area

The Parish is located in East Staffordshire, centred around the village of Kingstone and extends to Dapple Heath in the South and Gratwich in the north west, encompassing the hamlets of Lower Loxley, Leese Hill and The Blythe as indicated on the approximate map below.

We consider that we live in a thriving vibrant rural community committed to the betterment of the Parish and quality of life. There are a number of ever growing groups in the village: WI, Gardening Club, Karate Club, Table Tennis, Whist Drive, Women’s Fellowship and a Playgroup which feeds into our school.

A little history…

Over the centuries, Kingstone has been known variously as Kingston, Kinston, Kingeston and Kinson. It does not warrant a mention in the Domesday Book but appears in the Pipe Roles of 1166 and therefore one can assume that the estate came into being between 1066 and 1166.  Gratwich or “Crotewiche” does appear in the Domesday Book with a population of 4 villagers, 4 smallholders & 1 slave! During the next 300 years the history is solely associated with the transfer of land titles between various well to do families, with the ordinary villagers being agricultural tenants to the wealthy land owners. After 1530 some detail is available of life in the village but it continued as a rural farming community much as the basis to the Parish is now.  Staffordshire Pasttrack has entries for both Kingstone and Gratwich.