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Acre Street:

Called Forty Acres, the edge of town until the 1860s

Albert Road

Six Bells pub was Nightingale's local brewery

Flamingo Brewery was the Three Tuns

Ashdown Road

Called after the Conservative Land Society's secretary

Building plots on it built on site of Kingston Militia Barracks by Conservative Land Co.

Kingston Sorting Office Purpose built telephone exchange. Built in 1908. Arts and Crafts style

Back Lane:

Notorious slum area.  Used for council housing, only three of the nine local pubs replaced in redevelopment

Bath Passage

Baths built here in 1855 converted from the local debtors prison.  Did not pay and in 1862 were converted into public lavatories.

Birkenhead Avenue:

Developed by Harrison who bought up Norbiton Hall and built on the lands.  Brassey's son in law.  Close links with Birkenhead.  Developed by Bee Land Co.

Telephone Exchange. By J. H. Markham, 1937. With long window bands, but high, not low windows. Broad mullions between, faced with black glazed tiles

Brook Street

Hodgson's Brewery.  Extensive site from 1600s until 1951.  Nineteenth century Rowlls family sold it in 1882.  Became Courage 1943.  Corner stable block of Hodson's Kingston Brewery

Cambridge Road

The Hawks, another grand house

Norbiton Place site.  Palmer West Indian sugar planter, lake, fancy garden, gradually demolished.  Estate sold 1830s.  New house built, by 1900s was the White Rose Laundry, then motor showrooms

Norbiton Hall, now name of flats but originally built 1829. In the mid 18th it was the home of Sir John Phillips, who had a Sengalese servant who made money as a Kingston coal merchant.   PM Liverpool’s wife, then Mr. Guy.  Sold in the 1880s.  Demolished 1930s

Kingston’s first municipal housing scheme built here in 1921

Celestion Ltd. loudspeaker makers here 1929-1948.


Canbury means 'manor held by canons', land in Kingston held by the canons of Merton Priory. The name survives in the designations of several streets – ‘Canonbury’ 1375, ‘Canbery Stret’ 1503.

Canbury Passage,

Market Gardens until the railway was built

Jolly Brewers pub was Nightingale's local brewery

Canbury Park Road

Kingston Poly Department of Engineering in old aircraft factory. In 1912 Thomas Sopwith began his aviation factory in an old roller skating rink. The skating rink was eventually demolished but parts of the factory remain as part of Kingston Poly. Hawker produced their line of bi-plane fighters at Canbury Park but in 1933 bought the Gloster Aircraft Company.  In 1935 the Hurricane prototype was built at Kingston and the company retained a technical department here until 1963.

49 Canbury Arms

Clarence Street

Bentall's Store.  Frank Bentall 1867 bought Hatt's shop.  Instant cash refunds.  1900 bought four neighbouring shops.  Frontage modelled on Hampton Court, restaurant and tearoom   Hampton Court Wrennaissance.  Maurice Webb.  1931.

Bentall's Removal Store.  Stuccoed Italianate

Market Gardens until the railway was built

C & A built on a spot which Constable painted

Reject Shop is converted Empire Theatre closed in 1955.  Site of Canbury House, the home of the Root family.  Very rural.  Sold in 1906


50 shops built as Bournemouth Terrace 1880s on site of Trigg's stonemason's yard


46 had been Austin's jam shop expanded into a factory

Thames Furnishing site of Victorian Theatre was actually in Fife Road as Alababy Hall.  Became the Royal County Theatre, then became a cinema, and went bankrupt.  Burnt down in 1940.  Eighteenth century building.

St.John's School 1867.

Orange Tree Pub.

Magistrates courts 1975

John Lewis department stores are usually in new or out of town shopping centre locations. John Lewis site in Kingston is a mix. The place is an established suburban area and its core is undergoing radical transformation and 'modernisation'. ABK's riverside scheme conceives of this store as a brick-walled place with massive amounts of internal lighting. The large, open interior is engaged as a set of terraces linked by escalators merchandise showcase enhanced by the light. Daylight is even brought through the lowest level supermarket, although the stores are otherwise kept separate. The scheme takes two large areas, sets their diagonally raking roofs back, and accommodates administration, lifts, escape stairs, air conditioning vent towers, etc. around the perimeter. Car parking is at basement level

Follet butchers shop now Laura Ashley

Cromwell Road,

Called Tills Road because Till lived there

Road built by the railway co though the Canbury Lodge Park

Canbury Lodge, on the corner.  Fisher, master of Charterhouse, and daughters there.  Railway Company bought the estate 1865, then Sherrard family, 1910.  Kingston Picture Theatre built in the grounds.  1983 Studio 7.  Old house blown up in gas explosion 1914.  Now bus station

Bentall's Soft Furnishings factory was built as Austin's jam factory.  Local shop making their own jam

Eden Street

Was formerly ‘Hethenstret’ i.e., 'heathen street'; it is suggested that this refers simply to heath land.

The view from the market is closed by some stuccoed houses but beyond the landscape abruptly disintegrates leading back from the junction of High Street and Market Place around the edge of the old town.  Was little built up before the later c19.  The main buildings are massive shopping precincts:

L-shaped development of the 1970s

Another one, rather better, with a curved brick front to Eden Street and covered passages to Eden Walk, 1979.

Post Office.  Good purpose-built Gothic 1875 by R. Richardson. Listed Grade. Three storey

New Shopping Centre.  Shops pleasantly staggered but dominated by the car park.

United Reform church formerly Congregational 1855-6 by Barnett & Birch. Dignified classical front. Halls rebuilt and the interior of the church altered - apse and gallery removed, new foyer and glazed vestibule formed. By Frederick Barber of Barber Bundy & Greenfield, 1963-77.

Prehistoric remains there, pottery and tile kiln remains

Eagle Chambers.  1879 built by speculator Boxall.  Carved eagle on Libra bird

HMV, Nipper's grave marked

22 Seven Saxons

Eden Walk

Staggered shop fronts below concrete panels, and a well-concealed multi-storey car park above, is the first phase of this development.  1968 by Ronald Ward & Partners.

Elm Road

Area developed by British Land Co from farm land in the 1870s Park Farm

Ancient thoroughfare called Hog Lane.  2 houses in 1851

Wych Elm. Pub with a Spanish landlord.  Traditional pub with good flower shows. Jazz and home cooking.

Elm Grove

Gas works.  New Malden Gas Coal and Coke Co., Jonson Weber Ponder and Mcgill.  1868 owned by Ebenezer Viney manager Mr. Bliss.  Closed down for nuisance taken over by Kingston Gas Co

Kingston Gas Works: railway yard for them; in 1930 Anglo-American Oil

Kingston Church Street

Blaise, who taught Merlin, has his picture on one of the columns


Greenleas flats.  For old people, by Kingston Architect's Department, 1970-1

Idea of preserving Littlefield as a Peoples' Park in 1859.  Common grazing land being nibbled away by development.  Big rows on the council about it.  1889 laid out

Albion pub.  Old Fricker pub

Fairfield Road:

Art Gallery and Museum. 1904, also by Cox. A handsome, small red brick building with pilasters; blind arches on the upper floor corresponding to the gallery inside

Library.  By A. Cox, 1903. Quite pretty, brick, neo-Georgian, nine bays wide, with a big portal. In front a pier perhaps from a building in the High Street: a respond with a concave centre and triple shafts at the angles. The style looks c.1300

Built in 1864 to replace alley called Bridewell Alley.  It ran alongside the Bridewell and this was replaced in 1852 with a barracks for the Royal Surrey Militia

Column from merchants house said to have come from King John’s Palace

Fairfield South


St Joseph's School. Built as Tiffin's School, 1880, also by Loxwood King.

Fife Road:

Market Gardens until the railway was built

Corner domed building furniture store of Mr. Smith in 1886

Bentall's receiving dock site of R.White mineral water factory

Gibbon Road:

St.Luke. Corner with Burton Road, 1889 replacing iron church.  Paid for by Lady Wolverton and has highest spire in the Borough. By Kelly & Birchall. Brick.

Hardman ex owner of Norbiton Hall

Hawks Road,

Outlines body on the Libra bird, was called Hog Lane after the Hogsmill River’. Or name might be Danish for hawk.  Named after the Hawks, big house

Hogsmill River,

Hogsmill River flowing from Ewell into the River Thames at Kingston. Named in 1638 from Hogs Mill in Kingston, which is ‘Hoggs Myll’ in 1535 from a local family called Hogg. The earlier name of the river was ‘Siftteboume’ 1439, that is 'dirty or muddy stream', from Old English. The main source of the river is at Ewell in Surrey, the name of which means 'river-spring', from Old English ‘swell.

53 Bricklayers Arms

King's Road

Portion west of Richmond Road previously called First Lane

King's Arms The Age Coach to Brighton stopped there 1860s

Kingston Station

Kingston suffered from no railway, which was kept away by the coaching interests, grain for malt was staple to them, trade was moving away. 

Kingston Station. Between Norbiton and Hampton Wick on South Western Trains.  Built in 1861 after much argument on the site of tithe barn belonging to Canbury Hall. Market garden grounds, over the road on an arch.  Designed by John Strapp assistant to Brassey at Nine Elms who lived in Surbiton.  In 1866 powers were obtained for line to go to Malden and to Waterloo and a station was built as a terminus and called ‘Kingstone New’ or ‘Kingston Town’ but soon changed to ‘Kingston’ as the older main line station was renamed. It was decided to remodel the station and a new high level station built in 1934 with a red brick front, shops in front, low level station became the loading bay and bus station, some cast iron pillars were left, art deco ladies, passimeter booking office.  This was done with local authority help. Present siding is a realigned part of the old station.  More remodelling done in 1988 with a new ticket office and shops.

Goods yard closed 1966

Siding to Fyfees bananas not closed with the rest of the goods depot

Railway Proposal. This dates from 1869, and was for a line from Kingston to Ripley, which would have passed through the centre of Cobham. This would have run from Kingston station, through Surbiton and eventually across the northern part of Cobham. It would then have swung south, crossing what are now Anyards Road and Between Streets, skirted the Pains Hill estate and finally terminated on Ripley Green

Railway Proposal. . A proposal made in 1879 was for a line from Kingston to Cobham with a station on the site of what is now Oakdene Parade. This line would have cut across the Baton Park estate, through what is now Mizen Way and along the foot of Leigh Hill. If carried through, the scheme would have involved tunnelling under part of Oxshott Heath 'and diverting the line about 200 years to the east.

London Road

Major maltings area


43-47 three two-bay houses of the late c 18.

88 Flamingo and Firkin

105, early c 18;

141, late c 18

143 Vine House of five bays with lower two-bay wings and pilastered doorcase, early c 18

155-157 18th with early 19th façade

Cleaves Almshouses, 1668 The brick range of, consists of six houses on each side of a gabled centre with a flat door surround of rusticated blocks of alternating size and three horizontal oval windows over.  Joshua Marshall made the coat of arms in 1670.

Elmfield, only Norbiton stately home left

Fighting Cocks


Kingston Grammar School, 1877/8.  Schools on Libra founded under Elizabeth By John Loxwood King of Surbiton, 1877—8, in 'scholastic Gothic' Brick bell-turret with a shingled spire. The part with a lower roof was the headmaster's house.

Lovekyn's Chapel.  Chantry to St.Mary Magdalene.  Survived dissolution.  Richard Lovekyn was four times Lord Mayor of London.  Collegiate.  A chantry chapel founded in 1309, partly rebuilt in 1352, later used as a chapel of Kingston grammar school, and much renewed in 1886 after the school moved out.  Flanked by turrets.  Perpendicular tracery.  Inside, two shallow recesses face one another.  Their purpose is unknown.

St.Peter’s. Commissioners church 1841 by Scott & Moffat. Yellow and white brick, in the Norman style, with tower. Interior with Norman columns and still three galleries. One of Scott's first seven churches, which he afterwards called 'ignoble'; the censure not deserved in this case. Chancel and baptistery added 1909.

Tiffin's School. Given in 1380 for sons of the honest poor. Partly 19th yellow brick. Tiffin library and Sixth Form Centre on the site of farm owned by Lovekyn Chapel.  House 1750, called Walnut Tree House, bought by Tiffin in the 1920s partly early c 19, of yellow brick;

Minerva Road

Minerva Road (Kingston) adjoins the Fairfield Recreation Ground; but Minerva Road N.W.10 does not directly allude to the goddess. It was named after a motor work s.

Oaklea Passage

House c 1820. Yellow brick in Flemish bond

Orchard Road

Drill Hall, 1862 for 12th century Surrey Rifle Volunteers and built with no public lavatories

Railway Line

Sidings to Kingston Gas Works north of Kingston Station. In the 1920s and 1930s also access here to the Anglo American Oil. Co Depot.

Richmond Road,

Was Canbury Lane, changed when the railway meant the break of the Canbury Lodge Estate. Housing development as private estates were built in the 1930s.

Grounds of Canbury Lodge stretched as far as Canbury Park Road

Cleave's Almshouses, 1688, six poor men and six poor women. Coat of Arms 1670.

Bus Garage

University Motors, corner of Albany Park Road, site of Entrance gates of Point Pleasant, or Bank Farm.  Nash, 1797 for St.John MP with Repton Grounds.  Very opulent, royalty etc. sold 1884.  Became Albany Club and burnt down 1907

Granada. The last complete theatre by George Coles was the Granada Kingston, a scheme for Hyams and to be known as the State, but taken over before completion and with a Komisarjevsky-style interior. It opened two months after war had broken out, with Reginald Dixon of Blackpool fame at a rebuilt Wurlitzer.

46 Grey Horse

St. James Road,

1858 road cut through Rowlls Park part of Brewery Grounds

County Court 1961 By C. G. Pinfold.


St James Hall built as a local assembly hall.  Hardly used and by 1864 was a furniture warehouse.  Eventually a cinema and demolished in the 1960s

Candle Shop set up 1857 first house built in the road by Ranyard, local candle maker.

7-15 listed

Willoughby Road

Willoughby Arms.  Victorian pub slightly off the beaten track.  Two bar local with games and a saloon. Where the Preservation of Beer from the Wood Society meets.  The function room upstairs is where Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds used to rehearse.

Wood Street

Bentall's Garage.  Site of Down Hall, Fifteenth century Skerne. Estate cut up by railway and sewage works, 1934 bought by Bentall’s. Prominent,

Public bath built by the council in 1897,

Part of Bentall's was Priest and Woolnough forge


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