Dame Ethel Locke-King (née Gore-Browne), DBE, (1864–1956) was a motor-racing promoter and hospital patron.
Her wealthy husband, Sir Hugh F. Locke-King, created and solely financed Brooklands House, Weybridge, Surrey, the first permanent race-track in the world. She took over the supervisory role of the tracks development after the stress of building it made her husband too ill to continue in the role. On 16 June 1907, she led the inaugural procession of cars on to the track in her open Itala minutes after the track had been opened by her husband.
Ethel Locke-King ran a Red Cross hospital at her estate, Brooklands House, during World War I from 1915 until 1919.
Mena House in Egypt was purchased by Hugh and Ethel Locke King; once they had settled into the former Khedivial Hunting Lodge, Ethel decided to turn it into a luxurious hotel.
"It was to be an hotel to end all hotels", wrote Nina Nelson "... With plenty of money at their disposal, it was enlarged yet again and the Locke Kings set about turning it into the quintessence of comfort [including fire-places to warm up the cold winter nights], but with fittings, architecture and decoration remaining oriental in design". A friend of the Locke Kings, Alice Gress, visited the hotel shortly after its opening; Alice thought the area to the south would be wonderful addition to the grounds as a golf course and sketched a rough course plan on a napkin. Hugh Locke-King developed the area, building a sporting club and lounge at the base of the pyramids to serve the nine fairway, 18 green course with interlocking canals and palmtrees lining the fairways.
Ethel Locke King was a paternal aunt of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Stewart Gore-Browne.
[The Locke Kings did NOT hyphenate their family name].
- Golf in Africa, PhD Thesis, John Korbel, University of Denver, 1975