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15 and 16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames

A Grade II Listed Building in Kingston upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames

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Latitude: 51.4101 / 51°24'36"N

Longitude: -0.3065 / 0°18'23"W

OS Eastings: 517876

OS Northings: 169257

OS Grid: TQ178692

Mapcode National: GBR 78.Z9V

Mapcode Global: VHGR8.MTTD

Plus Code: 9C3XCM6V+29

Entry Name: 15 and 16 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames

Listing Date: 6 October 1983

Last Amended: 14 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1184764

English Heritage Legacy ID: 203159

Location: Grove, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1

County: Kingston upon Thames

Electoral Ward/Division: Grove

Built-Up Area: Kingston upon Thames

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Saints, Kingston-on-Thames

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Shop 1909, for Boots the Chemists by their architect M V Treleaven; extended 1929 by Percy J Bartlett. Sculpted figures probably by Gilbert Searle & Son.


Shop 1909, for Boots the Chemists by their architect M V Treleaven; extended 1929 by Percy J Bartlett. Sculpted figures probably by Gilbert Searle & Son.

MATERIALS: brick and timber frame, the façade in stucco, with applied timber framing, stone dressings and statuary. Plain tile roofs.

PLAN: purpose-built shop in three bays and four storeys. The original shop occupied the narrower central and left hand bays of the current building and had a symmetrical shop front with a central entrance. When the building was extended by a bay to the right the ground floor shop front was redesigned to create a central entrance. The upper floors of the new wing echo the original design which was adapted slightly to accommodate the extension.

EXTERIOR: is in three gabled bays with first and second floor oriel windows and smaller canted bay windows on the upper floor. Windows have moulded timber cross casements with diamond leaded lights beneath bracketed cornices. Below the second floor windows are coats of arms and insignia. The gables are timber framed with ornate bargeboards and finials. Between each bay is a vertical panel enriched with sculpted figures beneath cusped canopies and with low relief cartouches and heraldic emblems. To the left the figures depict Edward the Elder and Henry; framing the central bay are Edward III and Elizabeth and to the right Althelstan and John.

At first floor level an inscribed panel records that NEAR THIS SPOT WERE CROWNED THE FOLLOWING KINGS / CROWNED AD / EDWARD the Elder 902 / ATHELSTAN 924 / EDMUND 940 / EDRED 946 / EDWY 955 / EDWARD the Martyr 975 / ETHELRED 979

The shop front, has slender glazing bars above a panelled stall riser and a plain fascia ornamented with squirrels in relief. Above it is a continuous foliate frieze enriched with shields.

INTERIOR: an open well stair at the rear of the building has square newels and a rectilinear balustrade. It is lit by a large window enriched with stained glass which commemorates the crowning of the Saxon kings in Kingston, flanked by civic emblems and shields. Elsewhere stained glass panels commemorate past monarchs and civic dignitaries.


Kingston upon Thames, historically in Surrey, was an important market town, port and river crossing from the early medieval period, while there is evidence of Saxon settlement and of activity dating from the prehistoric period and of Roman occupation. It is close to the important historic royal estates at Hampton Court, Bushy Park, Richmond and Richmond Park. The old core of the town, around All Saints Church (C14 and C15, on an earlier site) and Market Place, with its recognisably medieval street pattern, is ‘the best preserved of its type in outer London’ (Pevsner and Cherry, London: South, 1983 p. 307). Kingston thrived first as an agricultural and market town and on its historic industries of malting, brewing and tanning, salmon fishing and timber exporting, before expanding rapidly as a suburb after the arrival of the railway in the 1860s. In the later C19 it become a centre of local government, and in the early C20 became an important shopping and commercial centre. Its rich diversity of buildings and structures from all periods reflect the multi-facetted development of the town. 

The shop occupies two plots at the head of the historic Market Place, and is a replacement, or at least a re-fronting of its predecessor which was built in 1880. It was built by Boots, the Chemists, in 1909 by their architect M V Treleaven, although the design of the façade has also been attributed to Dr William Finney, antiquarian and seven times mayor of Kingston. An inscribed cartouche records that the ancient title of Royal Borough was conferred on the town by King George V in 1927. Perhaps in consequence, the right hand bay was added in 1929 by the architect Percy J Bartlett, echoing the original theme. The originally symmetrical shop front was rearranged to place the new entrance centrally in the enlarged building, beneath a new fascia.

The shop is one of approximately 16 black and white mock timber framed stores built by Boots between 1903 and 1914, as it were in a house style. Most of them were designed by A N Bromley, though M V Treleaven may have developed the original concept and was certain responsible for two of the early stores (Kings Lynn, 1903 and Winchester, 1905). Typically they commemorate locally important historic figures or events, for example in Derby including Florence Nightingale and in Bury St Edmunds, Canute. In Kingston the shop commemorates the crowning of the Saxon kings. The sculpted figures of the monarchs are probably by Gilbert Searle & Son.

Reasons for Listing

Nos.15 and 16 Market Place, formerly Boots the Chemists, designed by their architect M V Treleaven, and extended 1929 by Percy J Bartlett, are listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: a handsome early C20 shop facade, typical of Boots house style in its Jacobean Revival manner and depiction of local events of importance, in this case the crowning of the Saxon kings in Kingston;

* Fixtures and fittings: the exterior is adorned with statuary and memorial cartouches while the impressive stained glass stair window also commemorates the crowning of the Saxon kings;

* Group value: it stands prominently at the head of the historic Market Square and its rich diversity of buildings, adjacent to the Grade I listed parish church and Grade II* listed Market House.

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