Set along by the River Thames, Kingston has a significant historical flavor. This is the site of the crowning of two Saxon kings and still where the old market sits.
Moving past its historical origins, Kingston has an incredible abundance of nature and wildlife.
A town not too far from London, Kingston is the perfect historic getaway!
Listed are the 10 best historic places in Kingston.
All Saints Church
14-16 Market Pl, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1JP
The center of town is All Saints in Kingston. From the 9th century, it was already built on that exact site as a part of the Saxon Royal Estate.
Only a few churches have a rich and fascinating history, like Kingston’s All Saints. In the history of the church, among the main events were the coronation of the two of the seven Saxon kings of England, Athelstan, and Ethelred the Unready. Egbert, the King of Wessex, also held his great council in All Saints in 838 as well as in the 10th century. The current building was constructed under Henry I in 1120 and has been expanded almost every century, keeping the architecture of this beautiful building mesmerizing.
This church features a 14th-century mural of St. Blaise, Sir Anthony Benn’s tomb, a marble font accredited to Sir Christopher Wren, the twelve bells as well as a Carillon from the 18th century. Some features also included the 19th-century large Western Window and the spectacular 1988 Frobenius organ, along with the East Surrey Regiment Memorial Chapel.
Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2PS
The home of the history of Kingston.
The Kingston Museum was constructed in 1904, thanks to donations from Andrew Carnegie. The museum has three permanent galleries, the Town of Kings, Ancient Origins and the Eadweard Muybridge. There is also a great art gallery for temporary exhibits.
The Kingston History Centre in Guildhall houses archives and collections of local history.
Coombe Lane West, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 7DD
Coombe Conduit, one of the oldest landmarks in Kingston, was constructed in 1540. Built to gather fresh water from the Kingston Hill springs to the Hampton Court Palace.
A chapel-like structure built out of stone and brick is the impressive entrance into the conduit. Open every second Sunday of April till September.
Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EY
The oldest surviving bridge in London is Clattern Bridge, which is part of the Kingston High Streets.
The earliest known reference to the bridge was in the 12th century with beautiful historic arches seen from the downstream. This bridge does not cross over the Thames River but instead over the Hogsmill River. It appears to be in the Hamlet’s Ophelia painting by John Millais.
St. Andrews Square
Maple Road, Surbiton
The St Andrew’s Square is one of SW London’s few surviving victorian squares and is the only representation of the Victorian traditional square construction in the borough. Meanwhile, the St. Andrew’s Church was constructed in 1871-72 and the terrace houses were built from 1876 to 1884.
Nipper’s Resting Place
Named for his inclination to nip the ankles of his owner, Nipper the Dog found fame with the HMV logo.
Francis Barraud painted the well-known illustration influenced by his memories of the dog which would ultimately inspire the HMV logo.
Nipper passed away in 1895 and was buried in Kingston’s Clarence Street. There’s a plaque in the lobby of the Kingston Lloyd’s bank to commemorate Nipper. The nearby Nipper Alley is also named after the dog.
Dorich House Museum
67 Kingston Vale, London SW15 3RN
The Dorich House Museum located at Kingston University is one of the historic treasures in London. This was the former home of the Russian artist Dora Gordine and her husband, Hon. Richard Hare.
The museum houses Gordine’s largest collection of paintings, illustrations and sculptures and the acquired collection of Russian art and artwork by the couple.
Frederick W Paine Museum
24 Old London Road Kingston upon Thames KT2 6QG
The Frederick W Paine Museum was opened when Frederick William Paine’s firm of house furnishers, estate agents and undertakers marked its 100th anniversary in 1984, and now occupying behind the premises of their Old London Road office.
It contains the carefully stored archives of the company, including all funerals since 1908. The showroom contains the Edward funeral director’s premises and is notable as the first permanent museum of death funeral in the United Kingdom.
Kingston History Centre
Guildhall, High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EU
Situated at the heart of Guildhall, the Kingston History Centre provides access through books, maps, photos, newspapers and records to Kingston’s more than 800 years of history.
Fairfield Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
The Kingston library is an amazing source for history books, novels , and large-scale printed material. They have a children’s library with schedules for great educational events. ⠀