History of St Luke's

The history of how St Luke's Community Centre came about.

St Luke’s Parochial Trust

St Luke’s Parochial Trust is an amalgamation of smaller trusts, the earliest of which dates back to the sixteenth century. Many years ago, the area was densely populated with extremely high levels of disease and poverty. People often left legacies to the poor of the parish. For example, gifts of money or property were bequeathed to provide income to give bread, clothing, or coals to widows, school children, and orphans, or operate almshouses. Over the centuries, these gifts were accumulated into large parish (or parochial) trusts. Some of these ancient charities exist to this day, and St Luke’s is one of them.

As a parochial charity, St Luke’s can only spend its own money helping improve the conditions of life of those residents living in the area of benefit, which is the ancient parish of St Luke’s, Old Street. In today’s terms, the area is mainly Bunhill Ward in south Islington and parts of the City of London, Clerkenwell ward, and Hackney.

A longer history of St Luke’s Trust and its historic connections written by a former Clerk, David Green, can be downloaded here.

St Luke’s Community Centre

For centuries, St Luke’s main activity was paying pensions and grants to poor people. In March 1982 St Luke’s opened its Community Centre for the benefit of its existing pensioners and other residents living in the area. The Centre was previously a London School Board primary school and then the Frank Barnes School for the Deaf.

Church of St Luke’s, Old Street

St Luke’s Church on Old Street, from where the area’s name originates, is no longer consecrated and is now a performance space for the London Symphony Orchestra. No religious links remain between us and the building, although upon its deconsecration, the church parish was taken back into the parish of St Giles, Cripplegate, with whom we still maintain strong links. A detailed but unpublished history of the church written by the last ever Rector Revd Edward Rogers can be downloaded here.


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If you live within our area of benefit, you can become a lifelong member of St Luke’s for just £5 and be part of our vibrant community hub.

Membership gives you access to a wide variety of events, classes, workshops and support services aimed at making life more enjoyable and easier for our local community, providing services they might not otherwise have access to.

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Why Choose St Luke's Community Centre


Helping our localcommunity thrive

Community is at the heart of everything we do and our Community Centre on Central Street, south Islington, enables us and other organisations to offer services and activities for those who need them, giving access to things they might not otherwise get a chance to do.



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Our Promise

At St Luke's Community Centre we strive to make everyone in the local community feel welcome and valued. We are an inclusive venue. We are a designated Safe Haven and part of Dementia Friendly Islington.

Please contact us on 020 7549 8181 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

for more information on the services & activities available at St Luke’s Community Centre, Central Street, South Islington, London.

How to Find Us in South Islington London

Public Transport

Train Station

Old Street 10 mins walk (0.5 miles)
Barbican 10 mins walk (0.5 miles)
Angel 14 mins walk (0.7 miles)

Bus Routes

Central Street
43, 205, 214, 394, N205
Old Street
55, 243, N55