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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.

Basic Details

Site location:
Robin Hood Lane

Postcode:
SW15 3PY ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Churchyard

Date(s):
1861

Designer(s):

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:

Facilities:

Events:

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. www.inthevale.org.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ211719

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

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:
None

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)

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