—was a governess in Hook and started to write for her charges.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
—laid the foundation stone at the local spiritualist church.
—drank in the Wheatsheaf pub in the Market Place.
—based the houses in the Forsyth Saga on his own residences at Coombe.
(PD James, the crime writer) lived in Kingston.
Jerome K. Jerome
—is believed to have written Three Men in a Boat in the Druids Head pub on the Market Place.
—childrens writer—born and lives in Kingston
—juvenile lead at the County Theatre Kingston. Believed to have been his first stage performance.
—studied stained glass design at Kingston before becoming a musician.
—born in Surbiton.
—lived in Surbiton for 16 years until 2002.
—retired to Kingston after her film career.
(creator of Desert Island Discs) was born at Fife Road, Kingston.
(of the Rolling Stones) had a house on Kingston Hill.
Dame Nellie Melba
(singer) lived in Coombe for a time.
—was a pioneer photographer. Born in Kingston before moving to America, he changed the history of the moving image.
—highwayman, born 1773, hung 1795.
—it is her statue, not Victoria's, on the Market House.
—lived in Portsmouth Road in later life.
—lived at Kingston Hill during the war.
—mistress of King Edward VII, lived at Kingston Hill.
—came from Senegal as a servant-boy at age six or seven. Later became wealthy coal merchant. His house is a listed building in the High Street.