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In Saxon times Merewald, King of Mercia, was keenly interested in Kingsland and excluded the parish from annual charges. Hence the name ‘Kings-Lene’ our modern Kingsland.

The Motte and Baily by the church is the site of a strong Saxon stockade ( the motte was the mound on top of which was the keep, the baily the wooden palisade within it ). When danger threatened, as often happened being near the Welsh border.

Kingsland was a Royal Manor in the reign of Edward I ( 1272-1307 ) and the Queen granted it a charter to hold a weekly market and an annual fair. In 1290 construction of the present day church was started with the help of Edmund Mortimer.

The black death struck Kingsland badly in 1349 and the population was rumoured to have been halved.

In February 1461, the misgovernment of the country led to the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross between the Yorkists, led by Edward of March, and the Royalists. It took place on and around the Great West Field, just to the south of Mortimer’s Cross, just to the West of the village. Some 4000 men were killed during the fighting. There is a monument to the battle at the end of north road in Kingsland, opposite the Luctonians Rugby ground.

In about 1792 a scheme was started to run a canal from Kington, via Kingsland and Leominster, to the Severn river near Stourport. Difficulties meant that the work was abandoned less than half way through.

Today Kingsland retains it’s lovely medieval buildings and historic church. It has a village shop and post office, as well as places to eat. The Luctonians Rugby club is on the edge of the village.

Although one of the smaller villages it has plenty of interest for the visitor.