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Kennet and Avon Canal at the Dundas Arms, Kintbury - - 6270.jpg
Dundas Arms on the Kennet and Avon Canal
Grid reference: SU383669
Location: 51°23’56"N, 1°26’56"W
Population: 2,593  (2001)
Post town: Hungerford
Postcode: RG17
Dialling code: 01488
Local Government
Council: West Berkshire

Kintbury is a village in Berkshire, found between the towns of Newbury and Hungerford. It lies within the Kintbury Eagle Hundred, which is named after the village.

The parish church (Church of England) is St Mary's. There is also a Church of England primary school, post office, corner shop, and a butcher.

A Roman Catholic youth retreat centre, St Cassian's Centre, is found south-west of the village, between Inglewood and Titcomb. The village has three pubs, the Blue Ball, The Dundas Arms and The Prince Of Wales. The Blue Ball and the Dundas Arms both serve food.

Kintbury was named by the Sunday Times in 2007 as in the top ten of England's most sought-after villages.


Kintbury railway station in the village is served by local services from Reading and Newbury to Great Bedwyn.

The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the village at Kintbury Lock. A horse-drawn widebeam narrowboat runs public trips from Kintbury, either towards Newbury or towards Hungerford.


Kintbury was spelt Cynetanbyrig in the 10th century and Kenetebury in the 13th century. After Birinus converted the people of Berkshire to Christianity in the mid-7th century, minsters soon became established in the county from which priests were sent out into the countryside. One such was founded at Kintbury, possibly it was the 'holy place' mentioned in the will of the thegn Wulfgar, in 935. Although this is often considered to have been a monastery, Kintbury Abbey.

Sport and leisure

There is a tennis club, a bowls club, and a football club.

The village holds an annual "Ray Boxshall Orienteering Fun Day". An orienteering event named after Ray Boxshall who was heavily involved in running the event in the years before he passed away.

Kintbury has two very good amateur drama societies - The Kintbury Players (who generally perform comedic plays), and also St Mary's Drama Group who perform an annual pantomime in the Easter half-term holiday.

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