A Timeline of Kingston Upon Thames

By Tim Lambert

850 Kingston is a Saxon village with royal connections

900 Edward the Elder is crowned in Kingston

925 Athelstan is crowned in Kingston

940 Edmund is crowned in Kingston

946 Edred is crowned in Kingston

955 Edward is crowned in Kingston

971 Edward the Martyr is crowned in Kingston

1066 Kingston is a large village with 5 watermills

12th Century Kingston grows into a small market town. The king gives Kingston a charter.

1200, 1208 King John gives Kingston new charters

1263-65 During a civil war Kingston is ‘robbed and burned’

1290 Kingston may have a population of 1,500. It’s a busy inland port. Goods are taken to and from London along the Thames. As well as markets Kingston has an annual fair.

1351 The king allows Kingston 2 annual fairs

1513 A Lollard is martyred in Kingston

1520 Cardinal Wolsey builds Hampton Court Palace

1555 Kingston is allowed 3 annual fairs

1561 Kingston gains a grammar school

1625 Plague strikes Kingston

1636 Plague strikes Kingston

1833 Kingston gains gas light

1836 The first police force is formed in Kingston

1838 The railway reaches Kingston

1840 Market House is built

1841 Kingston has a population of over 8,000

1855 The 3 fairs in Kingston are reduced to 1. A body of men is given powers to pave, clean, and light the streets.

1893 Kingston gains an electricity supply

1894 Kingston is made an urban district council

1897 Victoria Hospital is built

1901 The population of Kingston is booming and it has reached 37,000

1906 Electric trams run in Kingston

1912 Aircraft manufacture begins in Kingston

1927 Kingston by-pass is built

1931 Buses replace trams

1935 The Guildhall is built

1936 Kingston Upon Thames is made a borough

1979 Eden Walk shopping Centre is built

1992 The Bentall Centre opens