The Queen’s Promenade Bandstand, Surbiton


The Queen’s Promenade Bandstand, Surbiton, and a glimpse of the local musical band movement, 1893-1910.

The site of the bandstand that was once on Queen’s Promenade, Surbiton, has been identified.  Installed in 1893, it was the gift of Rufus Martin Boniwell, a Surbiton auctioneer and estate agent.  Band concerts were funded out of the rates by the Corporation of Kingston upon Thames and for many years Magnus George Moatt, Mayor of Kingston, 1899-1900, was responsible for the management in the summer months of band performances on Queen’s Promenade.  The research provided a glimpse of the local musical band movement, 1893-1910, and the need for more work in this area was identified.

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The Author

David A. Kennedy, PhD

About 20 years ago, I accompanied my late wife to some talks on the use of computers in historical research and began to help her with her genealogical studies. Later, I took part in a project, organised by the Centre for Local History Studies at Kingston University, to digitise the Enumerators’ Books for the Kingston Census of 1851-1891. This rekindled my interest in history, especially that of Kingston upon Thames, where I live. This website has been set up so that I can share my research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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