Wednesday 17th November 2021 7.30pm

Local historian Dr David Kennedy presents the life and work of Charles Lock Luck a 30 year resident of Surbiton

Charles Lock Luck an architect, born in 1833 at the Paragon, Blackheath, lived in Surbiton from 1860-1890. His works included nine churches, including Christ Church, Surbiton, St. Matthew’s, Surbiton, St. Paul’s, Kingston Hill, the enlargement of St. Peter’s, Norbiton, two churches on the Isle of Wight and two in Kent. He was also the architect of the Kingston Workhouse Infirmary [currently Regent Wing of Kingston Hospital], two schools in Kingston and the initial phase of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge. The costs of some of his projects and the building contractors are stated. When not engaged in his busy architectural practice, Charles Luck led an interesting and very full life of public service, which included support of Christ Church, involvement with the local temperance movement and membership of the Surbiton Improvement Commission. He died in 1890 and was buried in St. Mark’s churchyard, Surbiton.

About the Speaker:

David Kennedy is an active committee member of the Kingston upon Thames Society. He has a PhD in Human Environmental Science at King’s College, London, and an MA Values in Education, Philosophical Perspectives at the Institute of Education, London University. He also holds a Honorary Research Fellow in Biomedical Sciences at Kings College London and later at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire

In his retirement David has continued to be very closely involved in Kingston’s local history, family and related voluntary work. He is currently the editor of where he shares his research findings, some based on digitised material, with others who may be interested in them.

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Last Updated on March 15, 2022 by Kingston Society