Where England Began

There has been a church on the site of All Saints since at least the ninth century. During the tenth century the site was the location for the crowning of the first King (Athelstan, in 925 AD) who could truly be called the King of England. In 838 AD a Great Council was held in Kingston where the Bishops and the Monarchy laid out their constitutional relationship, a relationship that forms the core of our current constitution. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the place where England began.

Parts of the present church date from the thirteenth century, but the building has been altered and added to over the years. It is now a Grade 1 listed building (the only one in Kingston) and through its architecture, its memorials and its monuments it charts a fascinating history of the town, and the nation, for the last thousand years.

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