Welcome to the Kimpton village website
The village of Kimpton is situated in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside between the Mimram and Lea river valleys, about three miles from Harpenden. It is well connected with St Albans, Hitchin, Welwyn Garden City, Luton and Stevenage all within a short car journey and both the M1 and A1(M) are easy to reach. Travelling into Central London can take under an hour (on a good day!).
The Parish of Kimpton comprises of Kimpton itself, with a population of around 1,400, and also the adjacent settlements of Blackmore End and Peters Green, housing populations of about 800 and 80, respectively. All areas enjoy an extensive rights of way network.
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, listed in clubs and societies. Every year at the beginning of May, many of these groups set up a stall on the Recreation Ground as part of the annual local fundraiser, Kimpton May Festival – an event run over three days featuring an art exhibition, craft market, stalls, arena entertainments, fun run, boot sale, walk with clues to solve, village concert, quiz, cream teas with jazz band. The event calendar includes many of the activities that take place.
Residents, old and new, are connected through a Facebook page that was set up in 2016. If you would like to visit our Facebook page, click here.
Some of the houses on Kimpton High Street date back to the 16th century, although many are 19th and early 20th century, and there are sizeable developments of houses from the 1960s and 1970s. Our latest development at Probyn Close was completed in January 2017. There is a village shop and post office, a doctor’s surgery, and a thriving Primary School, Nursery and Pre-School. The village has two recreation grounds with sporting facilities, a village green in Kimpton and in Peters Green and several open grass areas. There are a significant number of businesses operating on a small industrial estate on the edge of Kimpton plus a large number of people working as sole traders in the area, listed in the Kimpton Directory.
Kimpton has a spacious flint-built parish church in the unusual transitional style between the Norman and Early English – the oldest bell in the tower dates from the 1300s. It is the only Grade 1 Listed Building in the parish. Internally, the Dacre Chapel has a fine Perpendicular screen, and the remains of early wall paintings in the chancel show St Christopher and the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy, depicting charitable acts toward the needy.