Luton village history – development and change in Victorian Luton, is the subject of the talk by Brian Joyce at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 18 January at Chatham Library.

Until the Victorian era, Luton was a village a mile or so from Chatham. Only a few buildings stood on the road between them.

Key events and trends, such as the opening of the Luton Waterworks, the creation of the parish of Luton, the growth of the brick making industry, and the building of the tram depot, transformed this. By 1914, the word Luton was used to describe the whole area between the Luton Road railway arch and the original village.

Brian Joyce is a local author of Chatham Scandal, and Dumb Show and Noise.

The talk is free but booking is essential. Phone 01634 337799