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All Saints, Kingston upon Thames

All Saints, Kingston upon Thames

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All Saints is the ancient church of Kingston parish that, at one time, stretched from Molesey to Richmond. It is set between the ancient Market Place and the busy shopping centre and has strong relationships with the residents, businesses, schools and University in Kingston but draws its congregation from a wide area. The church is open every day, and visitors are very welcome.   The Church has a long-standing, strong musical tradition. It has a choir of forty men, boys and girls, with sung Eucharist and Evensong every Sunday and occasional weekday choral services. The Frobenius organ enhances the worship of the Church and has been used for recordings and recitals by some of the world’s finest organists. The church has a fascinating history: Egbert, King of Wessex, held his great council here in 838 and Athelstan and Ethelred the Unready were two more of the seven Saxon kings of England crowned here in the 10th century. Construction of the present church began in 1120. There is a 14th century wall-painting of St Blaise, the impressive 16th century tomb of Sir Anthony Benn, a 17th century marble font attributed to Sir Christopher Wren, twelve bells and an 18th century Carillon, the great west window of the 19th century, and the magnificent Frobenius organ installed in 1988. There is a Memorial Chapel of the East Surrey Regiment. For those who live or work in the Royal Borough, this church touches their lives in many ways: as a place of worship, as a location for community events, as a major arts venue and concert hall, as the civic church and, beyond all these, as a place to rest and reflect in a busy town centre.

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