Regular meeting of the London Street Group: this month we will be going to Kingston-upon-Thames, which is readily accessible from Waterloo via South West Trains and by many buses from neighbouring towns.
Kingston is a busy market town with many attractions including a market, pedestrianised shopping areas, the River and the Thames Path: anyone who fancies a longer day can walk to Bushy Park or Hampton Court, which is also a short bus ride away, or can head in the other direction to Teddington Lock.
We will gather at Costa Coffee in Kingston Station at 09.45 for a 10.00 o'clock start.
On leaving the cafe, we will cross Fife Road, turn left into Castle Street and then left again into Clarence Street where, after just a few minutes, we will come to David Mach’s sculpture “Out of Order”.
This street art/sculpture, which comprises twelve telephone boxes, first one upright, the rest gradually falling over like dominoes, was only commissioned in 1989, but is now a major landmark in Kingston to be loved and hated by residents in equal measure.
Your challenge is to photograph this piece of modern art in a way that has not been done before!!
Following this little detour, we will retrace our steps and walk down Clarence Street, one of Kingston’s main pedestrian thoroughfares. This should give plenty of opportunities for street and people shots as street artists often perform here and there are usually many shoppers and people passing through.
At the bottom of Clarence Street, we come to All Saint’s church. (There is a great deal of history connected to Kingston and to All Saint’s Church, which was built on the site of an important estate of the West Saxon Kings and host to Royal Coronations between 900 and 978. Some of you may like to stop by and learn more about the history, but as this is a street walk, we will leave you to research and follow through yourselves as you wish!)
At this point we will walk through Memorial Square and Church Street and into the Market Place itself. Photo opportunities aplenty here with the market and its environs, alleys and surrounding side streets.
A little further on is Eden Street and the High Street with the Guildhall and the Hogsmill River (it’s really a very large stream!) but it is quite attractive, certainly when it is in full spate. Outside the Guildhall is an ancient sarsen stone block, which is believed to have been used for the Coronation of Anglo Saxon kings mentioned above.
Our mid-walk meetup point will be outside O’Neills at the Junction of Apple Market and Eden Street. One of the organisers will be there between 11.30 and 11.45 to answer any questions you may have, or just to touch base.
After our meetup – and as and when people are ready to leave the marketplace – we will return to Clarence Street and walk to Kingston Bridge for the Thames Path. This is a nice spot and you may find a couple of interesting shots available from the Bridge itself.
(Until Putney Bridge was opened in 1729, Kingston Bridge was the only crossing of the river between London Bridge and Staines Bridge. Allegedly a bridge existed here in Anglo-Saxon England)
For the final part of our photoshoot, we will walk along the Thames Path, passing Turks Launches pier, entering Canbury Gardens and continuing on to The Boaters Inn, for a drink and lunch for those who choose. http://www.boaterskingston.com/ On our way through Canbury Gardens, especially if it is a proper summer’s day, there will be lots of activity from walkers, joggers, cyclists, rowers, families... – so lots of people photography still available.
Some of you may wish to continue shooting in the afternoon (Bushy, Hampton Court, Teddington Lock, return to the market), or simply take the direct route back to the station.
For train times: https://www.southwesttrains.co.k
For Kingston and Market: http://www.kingstononline.co.uk/kingston-town-centre-ancient-market-place/
Attendees are encouraged to upload some photos taken during the walkabout to our “London SW” Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2962000@N21/ and to Norman’s “London, Street” Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2652225@N23/
THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE RESERVE YOUR PLACE USING THE BLUE BUTTON ABOVE.
Image "Flowers for a Better World" taken in Kingston-upon-Thames © Keith Houghton Other images by Roger Towell