INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KINGSTON
  • First recorded in a Royal Charter in 838, Kingston is known as the coronation site of as many as 7 Saxon Kings and the birthplace of England.

  • Kingston borough’s official emblem which can be seen in various places around the town contains three salmon on a blue background. The fish reflect the three salmon fisheries recorded in the Domesday Book. 

  • Clattern Bridge, built around 1175 to cross the Hogsmill River, it is the oldest surviving bridge in London. Its name is derived from the clattering sound of horses’ hooves as they passed over the bridge.

  • The name of Kingston is derived from a royal connection, coming from the phrase Kinges Tun, meaning a royal farm or estate. 

  • Kingston is the resting place for Nipper the dog (so named because of his tendency to nip the backs of visitors' legs) famous terrier in the Francis Barraud painting “His Master’s Voice”; a picture of the dog listening to a phonograph, which then inspired the HMV logo. You can even pop into the branch of Lloyds Bank that now occupies his burial site to see a brass plaque just inside the entrance commemorating the plucky chap.  

  • Rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio, author Nick Hornby and rock legend Eric Clapton are all alumni of Kingston University. 

  • If you walk from Kingston town to Hampton Court, you will come across the Seething Wells on the opposite side of the river in Surbiton. The waterworks used throughout the Victorian times was where Dr John Snow was able to prove that Cholera was ‘waterborne’ and the discovery led to an end of the outbreaks that haunted London. 

  • The Korean population in New Malden is estimated to be one of the largest in Europe. 

  • Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE, the children’s author and children’s laureate, grew up in and still lives in Kingston.

  • The famous Sopwith Camel fighter plane was developed in Kingston in 1917 and destroyed more enemy aircraft than any other during the First World War. 

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