Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - The Market Place, Kingston-on-Thames

The Market Place, Kingston-on-Thames - photograph


Kingston-on-Thames, in Surrey, was the scene of the Witenagemot convened by King Egbert in 838, so that it can boast a very high antiquity; and it is a busy and prosperous little town to-day. It is much frequented by boating parties and cyclists, and by the country folk who come to market. In the foreground of our view of the Marketplace is the stone on which, according to tradition, seven Saxon kings, whose names are recorded on the pedestal, were duly crowned in the tenth century. Kingston, however, does not derive its name from this stone, as is popularly supposed, the suffix being merely the equivalent of town. In the distance rises the flint tower of the parish church, dedicated to All Saints. Parts of the structure date from the fourteenth century, and there are several curious monuments within.