Kingsley Common

Kingsley Common is a 41-hectare (100-acre) protected area in Kingsley, Hampshire, England. It is a RSPB site, and holds many rare species of animals and birds. Some species of plants and animals may also be subject to special protection under Part I of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, or under the Habitats Regulations 1994.[1]

Protection status National Partial International Partial IBA partly or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Kingsley and Broxhead common. There are 21 commons that still support substantial Dry dwarf shrub heath communities. This habitat covers 292 hectares (720 acres) – 7.5% of the surveyed area. Notable examples of commons with dry heaths are Yateley Common and Kingsley Common.[1]

Yately Common, and Kingsley Common include several priority bird species such as European nightjar, Dartford warbler, woodlark and song thrush. Chilbolton Common supports important numbers of breeding common redshank, northern lapwings, common snipe and warblers.[1]

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Map showing the location of Kingsley Common
Map showing the location of Kingsley Common
Map of Hampshire
LocationKingsley, Hampshire, England
Coordinates51°08′14″N 0°52′08″W / 51.13711°N 0.86878°WCoordinates: 51°08′14″N 0°52′08″W / 51.13711°N 0.86878°W
Area41 ha (100 acres)


  1. ^ a b c "THE COMMON LANDS OF HAMPSHIRE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT A BIOLOGICAL SURVEY" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2013.
Kingsley, Hampshire

Kingsley is a village in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 2.1 miles (3.4 km) north of Bordon, on the B3004 road. The village has a community centre and an inn, the Cricketers.

The nearest main railway station is Alton, 4.2 miles (6.7 km) west of the village, although Bentley station is within a similar distance to the north. The village was formerly served by Kingsley Halt on the Bentley to Bordon branch line.

It contains Kingsley Common.

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Zephaniah Kingsley

Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. (December 4, 1765 – September 14, 1843), a Quaker born in England who moved as a child with his family to South Carolina, became a planter, slave trader, and merchant who built several plantations in the Spanish colony of Florida in what is now Jacksonville, Florida. He served on the Florida Territorial Council after Florida was acquired by the United States in 1821. Kingsley Plantation, which he owned and where he lived for 25 years, has been preserved as part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, run by the United States National Park Service.

Kingsley was a relatively lenient slaveholder, who allowed his slaves the opportunity to be hired out and earn their freedom. He took four enslaved African women as common-law wives, practicing polygamy. His first wife, Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, was 13-years-old when Kingsley purchased her in Havana. He said that he had married her, which he never said of his three other common-law wives. He emancipated Anna Jai when she turned 18, and trusted her with running his plantation when he was away on business. He had a total of nine mixed-race children with his wives. He educated his children to high standards and worked to ensure he could settle his estate on them and his wives.

His interracial family and his business interests resulted in Kingsley being deeply invested in the Spanish system of slavery and society. As in the French colonies, certain rights were provided to a class of free people of color, and multiracial natural children were allowed to inherit property from white fathers. "In the Spanish Floridas free people of color ... enjoyed tremendously elevated status when compared to virtually any other person of African descent in North America."Kingsley became involved in politics when control of the Florida colony passed in 1821 from Spain to the United States. He tried to persuade the new territorial government to maintain the special status of the population of free people of color, who were mostly multi-racial. He was unsuccessful in this effort, and in 1828 he published a pamphlet that defended a system of slavery that would allow slaves to purchase their freedom, and give rights to free blacks and free people of color. Faced with American laws that forbade interracial marriage, and discouraged "free people of color" (see Free black#Free negroes unwelcome) being allowed to stay or settle in the state, between 1835 and 1837, Kingsley relocated his large family to Haiti. (At that time it controlled part of what is today the Dominican Republic.) After his death, his estate in Florida was the subject of dispute between his widow Anna Jai and other members of Kingsley's family, but she was successful in gaining the estate he had bequeathed to her.

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