Kingsley in a nutshell

Kingsley Pond (Diane Sambrook) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kingsley derives its name from the King’s Lea, a meadow or pasture. It was once a clearing between the forests of Alice Holt to the North and Woolmer to the South. Both forests were popular hunting grounds of the medieval kings, and it is said that there was a royal hunting lodge at Lode Farm close to the church.

Five miles from the market town of Alton, three miles from the conurbation of (and potential eco-town) Whitehill-Bordon, Kingsley has a post office, general stores and Montessori Nursery School in the Kingsley centre, The Cricketers Inn, All Saints Church and a sports and social club.

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In the immediate area there is Kingsley Common, owned and used by the MoD for training purposes, offering a wide range of walks and horse riding routes.  Kingsley Pond, managed by Oakhanger Angling Club, offers the best fishing for miles around. There is also a golf course and tennis centre and many local stables.

The village is widely used as a commuting base with Bentley Station less than ten minutes drive away on the Alton to Waterloo railway line.