The Thames at Kingston. There are a range of different boats moored up including old canal boats as well as yachts.
A nature reserve on the edge of the Thames. Very small but lots of swans and wading birds.
The old Next store at Kingston. Obviously it wasn’t always a Next as it lists the 7 kings crowned at Kingston (including Edmund, Aethelred the Unready and Edwy).
The actual “Kings’ Stone”. One of the supposedly possible sources for the name Kingston. It seems like a possibility. This is set on a plinth from the mid-1800s and is the third location for the stone in Kingston. The coin donations on the stone itself are interesting too. The Celtic custom was to throw offerings into water but clearly this is a ‘special’ case.
I had a chat with a woman from Grappenhall in Cheshire but who now lives in the Midwest of the US and is about to move to California and a man who lived locally but is a keen railway enthusiastic and has shovelled coal for trains on the Settle line and the Bury line. It was a fairly lengthy conversation in hindsight…
Just below the the “Kings’ Stone” is the Hogsmill River. While it is a bit grainy and unclear there are obviously fish, big fish in the River. This is right below the main road bridge over the Hogsmill and out of the town centre.
Another view of the Hogsmill River further upstream between Kingston and Surbiton. Very idyllic for such a densely populated area although the (small amount of) rubbish in the river does give it away.
I just liked this metalwork…
And this seemed like quite a grand gatehouse for a suburban street… Although I did notice quite a few gated communities but this seemed to define the concept “gate”.
The Surrey County Hall - opposite Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus… The photo doesn’t get across the scale of the building.
So does everybody else? But perhaps the real estate agents are trying to prove that they are human afterall.
I was sort of hoping to see Tom and Barbara … but even without the Good Life references Surbiton proved that it is pretty odd down South.