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Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

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Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
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Kingston upon Thames


Shown within Greater London
Geography
Status:London borough, Royal borough
Area:
- Total
Ranked 325th
37.25 km²
ONS code:00AX
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 108th
150,407
4,038 / km²
Ethnicity:84.5% White
7.8% S.Asian
1.6% Afro-Carib.
1.4% Chinese
Politics
Arms of Kingston-upon-Thames, Royal Borough of
Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames
http://www.kingston.gov.uk
Leadership:Leader & Executive
Executive:Liberal Democrats
MPs:Edward Davey, Susan Kramer
London Assembly:
- Member
South West London
- Tony Arbour

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is the oldest of the Royal Boroughs in England and Wales, with great historical interest.

The main town in the borough, Kingston upon Thames, has existed on the banks of the River Thames in south-west London for many hundreds, if not thousands of years, with the oldest relics being aged at around 300,000 years old. Many Roman relics have also been found in the surrounding areas.

Areas included in the borough:

Kingston was famous in antiquity for being the coronation place of seven Anglo-Saxon monarchs, listed below

NameYear
Edward the Elder,
(son of Alfred the Great)
900AD
Athelstan925AD
Edmund I939AD
Eadred946AD
Eadwig956AD
Edward the Martyr975AD
Ethelred the Unready979AD

Kingston still has a monument, the Coronation Stone, on which the monarchs were said to have actually been crowned. A coin from the reign of each of the monarchs listed is set into the base of the stone, which now stands outside the local council offices, the Guildhall.

Sopwith Aviation Company had a factory in the Canbury Park area of Kingston, where the famous Sopwith Camel was produced during World War I.

Modern day Kingston benefits from one of the best shopping areas outside of central London, with a varied selection of high street stores, and a large number of independent boutiques and retailers.

The most famous shop in Kingston is Bentalls, started by Frank Bentall in 1867 in Clarence Street, where it (or least the completely rebuilt Bentalls) stands to this day, although Clock's sandwich shop is obviously fairly popular, as it has won 'Sandwich Shop of The Year' in the UK a few times.

Close to Kingston, and located between Kingston, Richmond, and Roehampton, is Richmond Park, one of the old Royal parks.

The current borough was formed in 1965 as a merger of the previous Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames along with the boroughs of Malden and Coombe and Surbiton. All of these areas were historically in Surrey.



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