Surbiton, Surrey

Above: Clock Tower, Claremont Road, Surbiton; John Johnson (1843-1920); 1905-1908 (to commemorate the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902); restored 2007; Bath stone; Surbiton, Surrey (Greater London).

“Surbiton is a suburban neighbourhood in South West London, within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK). It is next to the River Thames, 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Charing Cross. Surbiton was in the historic county of Surrey and since 1965 it has been in Greater London. Surbiton comprises four of the RBK’s wards: Alexandra, Berrylands, St. Mark’s, and Surbiton Hill.
Founded originally as Kingston-upon-Railway when the area was first developed in the 1840s, Surbiton possesses a mixture of grand 19th-century townhouses, Art Deco courts, and more recent residential blocks blending in with semi-detached 20th-century housing estates. With a population of 45,132 in 2016, it accounts for approximately 25% of the total population of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Surbiton extends over an area of 7.18 km2 (2.77 sq mi).” (Wikipedia)

Jacqueline Banerjee wrote at The Victorian Web in 2010:

“The plaque on this lovely Grade II-listed clock tower was unveiled by Prince Edward in July 2008, as part of its centenary celebration. The inscription proclaims it to be “a structure of special architectural interest,” and “an important landmark and valuable timepiece.” Much less elaborate and also less prominently sited than the same architect’s clock tower in Brighton, the Surbiton clock tower does have a bronze medallion with a relief of the king’s head, and a weathervane bearing the initials of King Edward and Queen Alexandra. Despite being later than the Brighton one, it is Gothic in style, in keeping with the several Gothic churches in the neighbourhood.”

Lloyds Bank, 1 Claremont Road, Surbiton
Claremont Road, Surbiton
84 Victoria Rd, Surbiton: “Pub in former bank premises adjacent to Surbiton Station. Spartan but comfortable interior includes a granite bar counter. Good quality food sold using local producers. Note the stained glass windows in the ceiling and photos of local scenes on the walls. Changing beers are supplied by Asahi but can be from the Fuller’s range or other breweries. Kingston Gin, home made scotch eggs and Thames Ditton crisps sold. A small library area offers a range of board games.” (
HSBC, 1 Victoria Road, Surbiton
National Westminster Bank (NatWest), 10 Victoria Road, Surbiton
12 Victoria Road, Surbiton: “Mid C19. 3 storeys; 2 bays. Ground floor with an elaborate shop front of circa 1900. Plate glass shop windows with Art Nouveau tracery in hardwood. Shop cornice surmounted by wrought iron scroll work which frames an oval medallion. 1st and 2nd floors brick faced and flanked by stuccoed pilasters which carry an entablature with bracketed cornice and low-pedimented blocking course. Windows with stucco surrounds, those of the 1st floor with bracketed cornices. Probably central portion the longer of which those to the right have been demolished, while 2 remain to left (mutilated).” (Historic England)

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