St Luke's Church, Kew

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St Luke's Church, Kew
Kew St. Luke
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St Luke's Church, Kew
Location St Luke’s Church, The Avenue, Kew, Richmond TW9 2AJ
Country United Kingdom
Denomination Church of England
Founded 1889
Associated people Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley
Architect(s) Goldie, Child and Goldie
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1889; redesigned 1983
Parish Kew, St Luke[1]
Deanery Richmond & Barnes
Archdeaconry Wandsworth
Diocese Southwark
Bishop(s) Christopher Chessun
Vicar(s) Rev. Peter Hart
Archdeacon John Kiddle
Reader(s) Richard Austen
Director of music Mary Noyes
Churchwarden(s) Jayne Armstrong 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.[5]


Kew's population increased considerably when the District line was extended to Richmond and a railway station was opened at Kew Gardens. To met the needs of the extended parish, a temporary "iron church" (now Victoria & St John's Working Men's Club) was opened in Sandycombe Road. St Luke’s Church, in The Avenue, was built to replace it, in 1889.[6]

The large Victorian church, whose initial design plans included a spire that was never built,[6] now has a small tower (accommodating a lift).[6] This was added in 1983 when St Luke's was redesigned to create a smaller space for Christian worship in the former chancel area and to enable the former nave, and a second hall constructed in a loft conversion, to be used for community purposes also.[7][8]

Former Liberal Party chairman Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley, was priest in charge from 1986 to 1991.[9]

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.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Richmond & Barnes Deanery: Kew, St Philip & All Saints with St Luke". The Diocese of Southwark. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Our Member Churches". Churches Together in Kew. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  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 Church, Kew. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  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 Britain and Ireland. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "About Us". St Luke's Church, Kew. Retrieved 24 May 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