Neal Ascherson may wish to know that the English, too, have their "Stone of Scone" ("No single state or person can own the Stone of Scone", 7 July). Nine English kings were crowned upon it from Egbert (802-839, Alfred the Great's grandfather) to Ethelred the Unready (978-1016). The Early English kings were anointed with holy oil, bestowed with royal regalia including ring, sword, crown, sceptre and staff in a ceremony similar to today's coronation. This stone sits in the churchyard of Kingston upon Thames parish church. Perhaps this "Coronation Stone" should replace the Stone of Scone at Westminster Abbey?