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John Archibald Lucas

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John Archibald Lucas (1869-1945), Architect and Surveyor responsible for many buildings in Exeter

1869 Born in Exeter the son of John G. Lucas, a Furniture Dealer.

1894 Married at St. Thomas, Exeter to Dora Emily Kenshole

1904 Names Archibald Road, Exeter, despite some protests.[1]

1911 Living at Alexandra House, Denmark Road, Exeter: John Archibald Lucas (age 42 born Exeter), Architect and Surveyor - Employer. With his wife Dora Emily Lucas (age 42 born Heavitree) and their four children; Clara Elsie Lucas (age 14 born Exeter); Phyllis Marie Lucas (age 12 born Exeter); Archibald John Lucas (age 11 born Exeter); and Doreen Goy Elizabeth Lucas (age 3 born Exeter). Three servants.[2]

1939 Living at Grendon Private Hotel, Grendon Road, Exeter, Architect and Surveyor. With Dora.[3]

1945 March 03rd. Died. Of 22 Blackall Road, Exeter. '...after attending the Cathedral School, was articled to Mr. F. J. Commin of Bedford Circus in 1886. Six years later he started in practice on his own account at Guildhall Chambers, High-street, remaining there for most of his professional life. Besides designing a number of important local buildings, including banks and other High-street premises, he developed most of the building land around Exeter....Elected to the City Council in 1900. Mr. Lucas had been member ever since, and was made an alderman in 1919 Important events during this period included the annexation of St. Thomas and Heavitree, the construction of the present Exe Bridge, the introduction of electric trams and their replacement by motor buses...'[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 29 December 1904
  2. 1911 Census
  3. 1939 Census
  4. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 09 March 1945