Kington, or Kyneton, on the river Arrow, is 146 miles from London. It is a pretty large well-built old town, inhabited chiefly by clothiers, who drive a considerable trade in narrow cloth. It has a market on Wednesday, one of the best in the county; with a free-school, and a charity-school. Its fairs are Wednesday before Easter, Whit-Monday, July 22, and Sept. 13. The markets on Wednesday before Easter, Whitsuntide, and Christmas, are so considerable for corn, cattle, leather, home-made linen and woollen cloth, and all sorts of provisions, that they are more like fairs.
Source: Universal British Directory 1791