We’re on TV – again!

Don’t miss Michael Wood’s excellent series of programmes for BBC4 about King Alfred and his successors.  Athelstan, the subject of the third programme, was of course the first man who could properly be called King of England and he was crowned right here, on the site of what is now

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The North Porch takes shape

A peep behind the hoardings currently shrouding the north wall of the church shows the new North Porch taking shape.  For years people have overlooked this magnificent church in the centre of Kingston because it presents a blank wall to the main shopping street.  No more – from now on

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We have a new door!

Well, not a door exactly.  But a doorway, certainly.  Behind the scaffolding can be seen the masonry of the new north entrance to the church.  A couple of weeks ago this was simply a hole, and for two hundred years before that it was solid wall. With work now proceeding

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We’re on television – Friday 21 June, 9.00 pm, ITV1

The story of Cesar Picton is a fascinating one – brought here from Senegal as a servant in the late eighteenth century, he rose to become a wealthy coal merchant and a pillar of Kingston society. The ITV series Britain’s Secret Homes will next Friday include a piece about him,

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A new phase begins …

Our main picture shows the first stage of work on dismantling the church’s wonderful organ.  It will be kept in store during the rest of the refurbishment project and given a thorough overhaul and clean before being rebuilt next year, when construction work is finished. This is the first step

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The new door takes shape

Work proceeds apace on the new door in the north wall of the church: our picture shows the stone surrounds taking shape.  And next week  – rather sooner than we originally planned – work will move inside the church.  Services will move to the East End while the west end

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Breakthrough!

On an appropriately sunny morning, daylight is seen through the north wall of All Saints Church for the first time in two hundred years. One of the main purposes of our redevelopment project is to improve access to this magnificent church, and opening up a door in the north wall

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£967,000 boost for All Saints redevelopment project

The ambitious project to redevelop the historic church of All Saints in the Market Place has been awarded a massive grant of £967,001 by Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund. The grant – among the largest ever awarded by Viridor Credits – will help to ensure that

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1000th tile sold!

Just about this time last year we launched our “Buy a Tile” campaign, offering everyone a chance to secure their place in history by buying a tile in the floor of the refurbished church for just £25.  We are delighted to announce that today we sold our 1000th tile.  Including

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Going up and going down

The last few weeks have seen scaffolding being erected on the north side of the church to provide access and a platform for the roofing workers to replace the choir vestry and north aisle roofs.  But we have also been digging down.  Trenches around the north side of the building

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