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All Saints Kingston Heritage Project 

The Church at All Saints Kingston, strategically sited beside a key bridge over the River Thames and where an historic market place developed, was the site for the coronation of Seven Saxon Kings, including Athelstan the first King of All England. It can be said to be the forerunner of Westminster Abbey. There is a stone known locally as the ‘Coronation Stone’ sited some distance away from the church and somewhat neglected. The plan involved consultation with local residents about opportunities to tell this fascinating nationally important story, and to develop facilities and activities at the church and churchyard for local residents and the hundreds and thousands who flock to shop in Kingston each year. 

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