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Population – At the time of the 2011 YouGov census, the population of Kingston was 160,060.
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We’ll begin by clearing one common misunderstanding up, Kingston was not named after a coronation stone. As lovely as that natural assumption may be, it’s sadly untrue, however Kingston-upon-Thames was the centre of a number of coronations.
The name actually begins in 838 when King Egbert of Wessex held his royal council (witan) at the location, with his barons in attendance. The site was undoubtedly picked as it sat on the border between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex, so Egbert could flaunt his status in front of the Mercian noblemen. Thus the location became kings tun, “Cyninges tun” or king’s settlement.
Over the next 200 years a succession of Wessex kings were crowned at the same spot, Edward the Elder (900), Athelstan (925), Edmund (940), Edred (946), Edwy (955), and Edward the Martyr (971), and while there is an ‘ancient stone’ still on display it didn’t turn up until the 1700s (the Chapel of St Mary claiming it was the ‘King’s Stone’) and it’s unlikely it was actually used in the coronations.
When William the Conqueror rocked up with his fancy Norman clothes and good hygiene, Kingston (by now referred to as ‘Kingeston’) was a very important and substantial settlement. It was recorded in the Domesday Book as having 5 watermills, a pond and a church and was worth a whopping 30 pounds. William broke with tradition and was coronated in some little place called Westminster Abbey (“Never heard of it!”) but despite the snub, Kingston continued to prosper. The wool trade did well and the town earned a charter giving townsfolk more rights and permission to hold a weekly market.
Medieval Kingston upon Thames was also an inland port with a great many traders, this made it a target and in the Second Barons’ War (1264–1267) the town was ‘burned and robbed’ several times, with the wealthy Jewish merchants singled out as targets. In 1351 the town was granted two annual fairs. Essentially these were grand markets with added entertainment and the occasional drunken incident, but the whole life in Kingston was good.
The plague struck twice in 1625 and in 1636, killing a large proportion of the population, in some cases entire families. Four years later it was the outbreak of war that changed the landscape. Kingston was held by Parliament until the Battle of Edge Hill when they were forced to flee and the King’s troops sacked the town. The Parliamentarian forces soon came back but weren’t happy with Kingston locals, many of whom supported the king.
In 1841 Kingston’s population stood at just over 8,000 people. The arrival of the railway in 1838 changed all that. It created a population boom that in turn led to an even greater boom in transport; in 1875 horse-drawn buses began running, in 1906 electric trams took to the streets, they were replaced by buses in 1931. By 1941, in just 100 years, the population had surpassed 115,000!!
Kingston’s population and popularity continue to grow. The leafy suburb is once more on the up with its weather friendly café culture, lively events calendar and artisan food scene. There’s never been a better time for moving to Kingston upon Thames.
Kingston Removals Company
Whether you are moving to or from Kingston, or beyond, we pride ourselves on making the experience as hassle-free and streamlined as possible. With over 160 years of experience as a leading UK removal company, our personable, expert removals team will take the stress out of moving home or office.
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With our multiple, large, secure purpose-built Hampshire storage facilities located in Aldershot, Farnborough and Petersfield, we can cater for all your storage needs. We can also arrange to collect and storage your belongings on your behalf. Please visit our Storage Service for further details.
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