Welcome to the Kingston upon Thames Society

The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough. This includes the towns of Kingston upon Thames, Coombe, the Maldens, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

It provides a forum through which the people of Kingston can play a part in ensuring that our heritage of historical buildings is preserved and that the style and scale of new developments are in harmony with the existing townscape.

Find out more about the Society on the About Us page.

News headlines

Our next Public Meeting will be on Wednesday 19 November will be a talk by Shaan Butters on her new history of Kingston, That Famous Place. Details on the Events page.

Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications. We sift through this list and comment on the ones that we think are most important. You can see what we said in recent weeks on the News page.

Our chairman, Jennifer Butterworth, has been recognised by English Heritage for her Heritage Open Days work. Read the Surrey Comet article here.

Six schemes were recognised in the Tony Leitch Townscape Awards 2013. More on the Awards page.

If you are on Facebook then you can join our group to join in the discussions and to read/share the latest news.

Join the Society

If you share our interest in conserving, celebrating and enhancing our Royal Borough then please join the Society. Details are on the How to Join page.

The first 50 years: A History of the Kingston upon Thames Society

Michael Davison, one of the Society's vice-presidents, a journalist and retired publisher’s editor who served as Chairman from 1995 to 1997, has written a new history entitled The First 50 Years. A History of the Kingston upon Thames Society.

‚ÄčThis well-researched and illustrated paperback book will be of great interest to all members of the Society, other people wishing to conserve the best of the past, while encouraging good modern developments, and students of social history.

Priced at £5, it is currently available from the Regency Bookshop in Surbiton, from the Kingston Museum and the Local History Room at the North Kingston Centre.