I have interspersed the photos – one by one of Kingston All Saints Church with photos of the City, specifically to show the contrasts that London provides. Sometimes this occurs within a very short distance, but in this case over a distance, as the crow flies, of more than ten miles.
Between 900 and 978 AD there were as many as eight royal coronations in the one time Saxon Church of All Saints – on the very same site as the present day church. In 925 AD the first King of England – Athelstan was crowned at All Saints.
Nowadays the church is very much a part of the local town centre – a major retail area (still about the eighth busiest in the country) and very much open to the public and visitors.
In the City I have photographed a number of the new towers. Many of the new skyscrapers got held up during the recession – notably 100 Bishopsgate – now underway and with the first tenant (Royal Bank of Canada) already signed up, and 22 Bishopsgate planned to be the tallest skyscraper in the City but which got stalled and became nicknamed The Stump. This is now fully under construction. I also show a photo of the (early stages) of the Scalpel Tower at the corner of Lime Street; this is a new 36 storey narrow glass tower for a US Insurance company.
A recent report from Cluttons as told in Property Week talks about office space equivalent to the 166 storey Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest skyscraper – being set to complete in the City in the next two years.
Much as I like the new skyscrapers, I also love the older building such as All Saints Church in Kingston, and what I like best of all is the lovely contrast between the two.