Kimpton is a small village in Hertfordshire, 4 miles from Harpenden and Luton. The population of the Parish is 2,000, most of whom live in the village itself.
The village lies along the valley of a dried-up river bed (but see "Kimpton Flood") and is about 1 mile long. Some of the houses on the High Street date back to the 16th century, but most are 19th and early 20th century.
Behind the High Street are two large housing estates built in the 1970's.
The village has a reputation for its strong community spirit with over 50 clubs and organisations meeting regularly and helping to support the village as a whole. Every year at the beginning of May many of these groups set up a stall on the Recreation Ground as part of the annual May Festival - an event run over three days featuring an art exhibition, craft market, stalls, arena entertainments, 6 mile sponsored run, walk with clues to solve, village concert, quiz, cream teas with jazz band.
The village school is a thriving primary and nursery school with over 150 children.
The Parish Council consists of 8 Parish Councillors elected every four years. The Council owns small areas of land in the village and two playing fields . The Council has responsibility over maintenance of its property, street cleaning, and grass cutting. The Council employs a part-time Clerk who handles all correspondence, minutes of meetings, finances etc. It has a sub-committe to oversee the many footpaths and bridleways which run through the Parish. If you come across any obstructions on a right of way or have any comments to make about them, please email this web-site.
The village is served by an hourly bus service to the neighbouring towns of St Albans and Hitchin and a regular service to Stevenage and Luton. A timetable centred on the various transport services through Kimpton can be downloaded here.
The A1(M) and M1 motorways are within about 5-8 miles away and travel time to London is normally three quarters of an hour.
The nearest station is Harpenden - from there trains run every quarter of an hour into London and the journey time is half an hour.
Every quarter, under the auspices of the Parish Church and with funds from the Parish Council, Kimpton Players, Kimpton Horse Show and various organisations in the village, a Parish Magazine is published and distributed. This is a very valuable means of communication within the village and it is thanks to the many people involved in the publishing and distribution that it has continued to be produced over the years.
For anyone tracing ancestors, they may like to try the following site for further information:
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