St Luke's Church, Kew

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St Luke's Church, Kew
Kew St. Luke
St Luke's Church, Kew
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Associated people Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley
Architect(s) Goldie, Child and Goldie
Style Gothic Revival
Parish Kew, St Luke[1]
Deanery Richmond & Barnes
Archdeaconry Wandsworth
Diocese Southwark
Bishop(s) Christopher Chessun
Vicar(s) Rev. Peter Hart
Archdeacon Stephen Roberts
Reader(s) Richard Austen
Director of music Mary Noyes
Churchwarden(s) Alison Rowley and Judi Braddock
Parish administrator Guinevere Duff
South porch

St Luke's Church, Kew, is a parish church in Kew, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is part of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion and, locally, is a member of Churches Together in Kew.[2] Together with St Philip and All Saints (the Barn Church), it is one of two parishes within the united benefice of Kew, St Philip & All Saints with St Luke. The church, built in the Gothic Revival style by architects Goldie, Child and Goldie,[3] is also host to the Kew Community Trust and acts as a community centre. The current vicar is Rev Peter Hart.[4]


The chancel

The parish publishes a magazine, The Link.


St Luke’s Church, in The Avenue, was built in 1889, following a temporary "iron church" in Sandycombe Road, to serve the growing population of the parish with the coming of the District line.[5]

The large Victorian church, whose initial design plans included a spire that was never realised,[5] acquired a small tower (to accommodate a lift)[5] when it was redesigned in 1983. The redesign enables it to function as a dual purpose building. There is a smaller church in the former chancel area;[6] the former nave and a second hall constructed in the lofty roof area are used as community space.[7]

Former Liberal Party chairman Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley, was priest in charge from 1986 to 1991.[8]

Other uses[edit]

The community spaces in the building are currently occupied by the Kew Community Trust. The core activity of the Trust is the Avenue Club, a non-profit making social centre offering a range of recreational activities for the whole community.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Richmond and Barnes Deanery". The Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Churches Together in Kew website. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  3. ^ Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1983). The Buildings of England – London 2: South. London: Penguin Books. p. 504. ISBN 0 14 0710 47 7. 
  4. ^ "Who's Who at St Luke's". St Luke's Kew website. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c David Blomfield (1994). Kew Past. Chichester, Sussex: Phillimore & Co Ltd. p. 100. ISBN 0 85033 923 5. 
  6. ^ Stephen Craven (2009). "St Luke's Church, Kew – chancel". geograph. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "About Us". St Luke's Kew website. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Obituary: The Rev Lord Beaumont of Whitley". The Daily Telegraph (London). 11 April 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Avenue Club, Kew". Avenue Club, Kew. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 

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Coordinates: 51°28′26″N 0°17′21″W / 51.4739°N 0.2891°W / 51.4739; -0.2891