Talk: Andrew George on The Earl, his lover, their temple: the story of Black Jack Needham

Date(s) - Monday 14 February 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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The speaker

Andrew George

Andrew George, who gave us a talk in February 2021 on The gardens of Twickenham Park, is a long-term resident of Richmond and St Margarets. His academic background is as an immunologist, working at Imperial College London. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Brunel University London, and currently supports a number of organisations (in the NHS, academia and charity sector) with research, education and ethics. He is also an executive coach.

Andrew has a MA from Cambridge, a PhD from Southampton and a DSc from Imperial, and was awarded an MBE for his work in research ethics. He has always had an interest in local history, and over the last few years has given a number of talks and walks looking at the characters and gardens associated with St Margarets.

The talk

Francis Jack Needham, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey

One of the most colourful people to have lived in this area is Francis Jack Needham, 2nd Earl of Kilmorey (1787–1880). He was a traveller, a sportsman, a builder of houses and a believer in the occult. He is most notorious for eloping with his young ward, Priscilla and, on her death, erecting an Egyptian Mausoleum for her – which he moved with him into his new homes (and can still be seen in St Margarets). Legends and myths are attracted to Kilmorey like bees to the honey pot, but in his case the truth is possibly more unbelievable than the stories.

The Kilmorey Mausoleum