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Coronation Stone, 8-10 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1EY

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The Coronation Stone is a sarsen stone block that is now located next to the Guildhall in Kingston upon Thames. According to tradition, it was the site of the coronation of seven Anglo-Saxon kings.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England states that there is evidence that Æthelstan, Eadred, Æthelred the Unready, Edward the Elder, Edmund I, Eadwig and Edward the Martyr were crowned at Kingston.

There was a tradition that the Kings were crowned in St Mary’s church which collapsed in 1730. The sarsen stone block was recovered from the ruins and after being used during the 18th and 19th centuries as a mounting block, was transferred to the Market Place in 1850 and has since been regarded as the Coronation Stone

The Coronation Stone
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