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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:38 PM   #1
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Kingston upon Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (close to where I live) is an historic market town where Saxon kings were crowned and is now a suburb situated 10 miles (16.1 km) south west of Charing Cross.

Market Stalls:

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Dodging the jets at the Plaza Fountain in Market Place:

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At the time some of these photos were taken a German 'Sommergarten' was being held in the Market Place:

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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:44 PM   #2
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The Guildhall - the headquarters of Kingston Council:

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Confusingly Kingston is also the home for Surrey County Council:

This building also used to house the old Crown Court, of which one of the original courtrooms and prisoner cells have been retained and are often used by film and TV producers. There was obviously some filming going on at the time this photo was taken because the truch parked at the front belongs to Lee Electrical - a major supplier of film lighting equipment - while the old double-decker bus beongs to a location catering company.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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The Coronation Stone. Made of Greywether sandstone or sarsen, it is traditionally thought to have been used for the Coronation of up to seven Saxon Kings in the tenth century.

(The building on the immediate left - with a wooden hoarding by the entrance - is Kingston police station. In the background, across the road, is the new Rose Theatre which, at that time, had not yet opened).

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'Out Of Order' by David March - This modern sculpture is made out of old telephone boxes.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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Clarence Street. This is one of the main shopping streets and was pedestrianised in the mid-1990s - before then it was very busy with traffic.

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Marks & Spencer have two large stores here. The one in the top photo sells food, gifts and women's fashions, while the other is for menswear and home furnishings.

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John Lewis department store

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The Bentall Centre shopping mall - Bentalls long-established department store still occupies part of the site.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 06:57 PM   #5
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Kingston Bridge - the River Thames is no longer tidal here (thanks to Teddington Weir a few km away).

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Queen's Promenade

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Pleasure boat departing for Hampton Court - a pleasant journey on a summer's day.

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Rowing on the river

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Boats preparing for the annual regatta.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 08:52 PM   #6
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Lovely piccies there. Jeez, there's a Bentalls there. There used to be one in Bristol but House of Fraser and Primark have occupied the site since.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 09:59 PM   #7
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A place I have never visited despite living in Croydon for 6 years. I like the look of everything about it - the river, the streets, the shopping and very impressed with the Guild Hall. Thanks for posting.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 12:40 AM   #8
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Good place, good pictures
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Old August 1st, 2010, 01:17 AM   #9
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Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you enjoy these as well.

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Looking from the telephone boxes towards Clarence Street and, bearing off to the left, Eden Street.

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The Quaker Meeting House. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) have worshipped in Kingston for more than 350 years. This site, which has been in use since 1773, is due to be demolished as part of the proposed Kingston town centre redevelopment. A new Meeting House will be built nearby.

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The Rotunda Centre, comprising a 14-screen cinema multiplex, fitness centre, bowling alley, bars and restaurants.
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Old August 1st, 2010, 01:25 AM   #10
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Close by is Surbiton - once called "Queen of the Suburbs" and often a by-word for suburbia in general.

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Surbiton Station - 10 trains an hour into London Waterloo (fastest journey time is 16 minutes). When the railway was built Kingston objected to having it too near their town so the main line was built through Surbiton - which rapidly became a fashionable Victorian/Edwardian suburb. Since then Kingston has to make-do with a less-frequent service into London, although many people drive or take the bus to Surbiton.

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Surbiton - Claremont Road (taken from outside the station). Quite a lot of building work going on - including renovation of the old clocktower - at the time this photo was taken. It's since been finished.

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Surbiton - Victoria Road, the main shopping street. The 'Surbiton Flyer' pub on the left used to be the local branch of Barclays Bank before they moved into new premises next-door.

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Surbiton - 'The Coronation Hall' pub. This building was originally a cinema - which opened on the day of King George V's coronation in 1911 (hence the name). It later became a bingo hall and a naturist health club before being converted into a pub (part of the JD Wetherspoon chain) in the mid-1990s.
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Surbiton - Waitrose Supermarket. This site used to be a cinema, which was later converted into a 'B&Q' DIY store, before being demolished in the late-90s.

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Surbiton - 'Electric Parade' in Brighton Road. It got its name as it was built in 1904-5 when electricity first came to this area. The clocktower has recently been refurbished.

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Surbiton - another interesting building in Brighton Road.

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Surbiton - Saint Mark's Church. Bombed in 1940 during WW2 it was rebuilt and reconsecrated in 1960
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Old August 1st, 2010, 01:38 AM   #12
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Last October Surbiton hosted a special 'Ski Sunday' event in aid of charity.

Instead of snow, ski-ers had lumps of ice strapped to their boots and the course was made from lino.

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Local Member of Parliament, Ed Davey (LibDem - currently Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs) crosses the finishing line.

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A few other hopefuls have a go!
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Old August 1st, 2010, 11:09 AM   #13
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Great, really very nice photos/shots from Kingston
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Old August 24th, 2010, 08:50 AM   #14
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Thanks for this great thread. This is such a lovely suburban area of London.
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