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“quiet interesting place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of All Saints Church

All Saints Church
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West Kelowna, Canada
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196 reviews
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“quiet interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Always stop in the church for a coffee while my wife is out shopping on whatever Saturday we are in Kingston. The "Friends of All Saints" do an excellent morning coffee, a listen or a chat. The church is undergoing a massive renovation so there is not as much to see lately but what there is viewable is very interesting. Hard to believe there has been a church here for 900 years. The bustle of Kingston's market place recedes and your mind relaxes as you take in the history of All Saints. Well worth a visit, the entrance is free, and especially on a Saturday when tea or coffee is available.

Visited June 2013
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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“An ancient living church in the heart of Kingston”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

All Saints is located right in the centre of Kingston between the ancient market places and modern shops. The bus and train station are about 10 minutes walk away and there are several large carparks although these are often full at busy times.
The site of the today's church has been a place of Christian Worship for over a thousand years. All Saints shared the site with St Marys Chapel, (a Saxon Church that collapsed in 1730). King Aegberth (Egbert) summoned a Great Council, (including the Archbishop of Canterbury) here in 838AD. The Danes destroyed the Saxon Church, but Gilbert of Normandy rebuilt All Hallowes (as it was then known). Gilbert's church has been repaired, extended and refurbished so extensively that little of his stonework is visible today, but the church is still a pleasure to visit. It has a 12 bell 18th century Carollan and a fine Frobenius organ to compliment its musical heritage as well as a 14th century mural of St Blaise, ancient brasses and tombstones and a chapel dedicated to the East Surrey Regiment. At least two Saxon Kings were crowned here.
Visitors respect religious services conducted here, at all other opening times they will be welcomed and assisted in their exploration of this historic church.
http://e-voice.org.uk/allsaintskingston/

Visited June 2012
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“Gem of a church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

Beautiful and quaint church, we went for a wedding. The vicar was entertaining yet it was a lovely and special occasion, with the reception in the pub next door it was perfect.

Visited June 2012
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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“Musical and historical magic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

Walking up the path to this wonderful church doesn't prepare you for what you see inside. What looks from the outside like quite an ordinary Victorian town church suddenly becomes a huge medieval masterpiece once you go through the door. On the day I visited someone was practising on the immense organ (I discovered that it is a Frobenius, and that the man practising was one of the country's greatest concert organists): what a fantastic atmosphere! And taking a look around the monuments is like taking a walk through English history - tombs of the great and good (and the not-so-great and not-so-good) over centuries. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2012
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