First name(s)
Position(s) held at King's College London Ref: *6

Evening Classes Lecturer 'History & Geography of England' (1863-64)

Education & professional details

School, college and/or university attended Ref: *5

Kings College School (1851-1854), Modern History Scholar (1855); King's College, University of London (1856-1860); Articled as Clerk to Queens Bench Attorney Charles Edward Jones of St Mildred's Court (1st April 1857); Council of Legal Education exams passed (1861)

Qualifications Ref: *4


Position(s) held (non King's College London) Ref: *7

Member of Convocation, University of London

Professional activities Ref: *8

Member of Lincoln's Inn. Called to the degree Barrister-at-Law 1863. Chambers at 11 Old Square and also at 4 Old Buildings/Old Square. 

Publications Ref: *9

Contributor to 2nd edition of Henry Tyrwhitt Frend & Titus Hibbert Ware 'Precedents of conveyances and other instruments relating to the transfer of land to railway companies'. London, William Maxwell, 1866;

Personal details

Date of birth Ref: *1
23rd May 1837
Place of birth Ref: *2
Paddington, Middlesex
Date of death
27th April 1892
Place of death Ref: *3
11 Waterloo Place, Leamington, Warwick
Obituary Ref: *11
  • " This Morning's Obituary...STURGES - Mr Decimus Sturges, of Chancery Bar, died at his residence this morning..."
  • [note: his residence was 19 Durham Villas, Kensington but he died in Leamington - mistaken reporting]
Family details Ref: *10

Son of John Sturges, corn merchant, of 35 Connaught Square, London; siblings: Rev William Sturges, Devonport; Louisa Sturges; Rev Simon Sturges, Vicar of Wargrave, Berks; Rev Edward Sturges Rector of Kencott, Oxon; Rev Arthur Smith Sturges; Octavius Sturges (physician); married Emma Gray in 1862; children: Maud E (b1863), Ethel M  (b1867), Mary Kate (b1869) and Helen Mary (b1871)


  • 1856 Passport application
  • 1886 Wife advertises for a Farmhouse on Dartmoor or comfortable furnished lodgings in North Devon for Aug-Sep
  • 1891 Seeks election to the Bar Committee
  • 1892 Saturday 7 May Funeral at St Mary's Wargrave, Berks.Decimus Sturges is buried in the churchyard there (with his wife, in 1931).
  • He and other members of the family had shares in Great Western Railway

* References

  1. King's College London School Pupils 1831-1866; baptism record St Mary's Church, Marylebone 1st November 1837
  2. Census 1861, 1871 and 1881) death certificate 1892 Warwick Vol 6D; National Probate Calendar 1892 p53
  3. National Probate Calendar 1892 p53
  4. Daily News 5th November 1856 p2; London Daily News 28th July 1859 p2; University of London Historical Record 1836-1912 p410
  5. King's College London Schools Pupils 1831-66; Morning Post 7th May 1857 p3; Morning Post 19th October 1859 p1; General Register Part II p154; Morning Post 1860 May 10 p6; Dublin Evening Mail 11th November 1861
  6. Islington Gazette 23rd October 1858 p1, Registers of Articles of Clerkship and Affadavits of Due Execution (CP 71) National Archives, Kew
  7. King's College LondonSchool Pupils 1831-1866
  8. Electoral Register 1835 Holborn, borough of Finsbury; Dublin Evening Mail 11th November 1861; Northampton Mercury 31st January 1863 p3, Morning Advertiser 27th January 1863 p5; Kelly's Directory 1869 p399; Post Office London Directory 1869 p1280; Electoral Register 1873 Finsbury, ward of Furnivals Inn; London Evening Standard 1892 Apr 29 p1 (funeral)
  9. British Library Main Catalogue, Lincoln's Inn Library Catalogue, London Daily News 20th April 1866 p5
  10. Census 1851 pc1467, f332, p18; marriage record BMD 1862 Kensington Vol 1A Page 170, Morning Post 14th July 1862 p8; King's College London Schools Pupils 1831-66; marriage of Mary Kate Sturges to William Latham Q.C.Lincoln's Inn, Reading Mercury 5th August 1893 p5; Census 1881 Pc 27 f96 p40
  11. Pall Mall Gazette 27th April 1892 p6; (16) Index to Register of Passport Applications 1856; Exeter & Plymouth Gazette 29th April 1886 (holiday); Manchester Times 22nd May 1891 p6 (election to Bar Committee); London Evening Standard 29th April 1892 p1 (funeral); Great Western Railway Shareholders 1835-1932;
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