Kingston upon Thames

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Canbury Gardens Kingston Upon Thames From here a lovely walk to Richmond. March 2003. Attribution: Ron Belcher

Kingston upon Thames (spelled with hyphens until 1965, and generally known locally as Kingston) is a town and borough now within Greater London, England, formerly within the county of Surrey. It is situated on the River Thames, about 33 feet (10 m) above sea level and 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Charing Cross (deemed the geographical centre of London). It is notable as the ancient market town in which Saxon kings were crowned and today is the administrative centre of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

The large historic parish of Kingston became absorbed in modern times into the Municipal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, reformed in 1835 and from 1893 has been the location of Surrey County Hall, extraterritorially in terms of local government administration. Since 1965 Kingston has been a part of Greater London.

Today, most of the town centre is part of the KT1 postcode area, but some areas north of Kingston railway station are within KT2. The United Kingdom Census 2011 recorded the population of the town (comprising the four wards of Canbury, Grove, Norbiton and Tudor) as 43,013, while the borough overall counted 175,470. Kingston is identified as a metropolitan centre in the London Plan and is today a major retail centre, one of the biggest in the UK, receiving 18 million visitors a year. It is also home to Kingston University.

Kingston upon Thames community action[edit | edit source]

Sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Kingston Pound, local currency for Kingston upon Thames. see also: Video

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Smart Communities, community action project all about saving energy in the home

Food activism[edit | edit source]

From the Ground Up Kingston’s own organic veg and fruit box scheme that brings affordable fresh organic food to the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Parks and open spaces in Kingston upon Thames (category)

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Freecycle Kingston - "Community re-use and recycling in action"

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

wikipedia:Thames Path

Resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2014

Kingston Pound to trial at Surbiton Food Festival, February 3 [1]

Events[edit | edit source]

2014

May 3 - 18 Surbiton Food Festival


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Interwiki links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

References[edit | edit source]