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St John the Baptist Churchyard and Vicarage, Kingston Vale Kingston
Summary: St John the Baptist Church was built at the top of Kingston Hill in Kingston Vale in 1861, a small church with picturesque bellcote, at that time surrounded largely by fields. The Vicar of Kingston, Revd Samuel Gandy, was instrumental in a number of new churches being built within Kingston parish to provide for the growing population. Due to the proximity to White Lodge in Richmond Park the church had many connections with the royal family and it was here that the future George V's engagement to Mary of Teck was witnessed. Now situated among housing, the church is surrounded by a hedged garden with a number of fine conifers and shrubs, and in the churchyard is a war memorial.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Robin Hood Lane
Postcode: SW15 3PY > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard
Date(s): 1861
Listed structures: Building of Townscape Merit: Lamp standard in churchyard
Borough: Kingston
Site ownership: Church, Diocese of Southwark
Site management: Church
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Norbiton then bus. Bus: 85, 485
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The first church in the Kingston Vale area was built in 1839, and in 1847 it became a parish. St John the Baptist was built on land donated by the local landowner, the Duke of Cambridge and among those who contributed towards building the church was the Duchess of Gloucester, one of George III's daughters. The foundation stone for the north aisle, added in 1874, was laid by Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, who was living in the White Lodge in Richmond Park. In later years the Duke and Duchess of York, later to become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, attended St John's when they in residence at White Lodge. The novelist John Galsworthy was baptised here on 15 September 1867; the family lived in a number of properties in Coombe and his father was church warden at St John's.

Sources consulted:

Shaan Butters 'The Book of Kingston' (Baron, 1995); Tim Everson 'Kingston, Surbiton and Malden' Britain in Old Photographs (Sutton 1995, reprint Budding Books 2000)
Grid ref: TQ211719
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Kingston Vale
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Strategic Area of Special Character and the Protection of Key Views
Other LA designation:

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