Charles Albert Monday was born in Shirley in 1842, baptised on 1 January 1843 at Millbrook church. His father, Charles Monday (born in Bishop's Waltham c 1817), was described variously as a sawyer, timber merchant (recorded in the 1861 census as employing 2 boys and 4 men) and, at probate, a builder. He lived in Shirley but died at Laverstock House (near Salisbury) on 2 January 1864. His effects were valued at 'under £3000'. Charles Albert was articled as an architect and surveyor to the large Southampton practice of William Hinves and Alfred Bedborough. He set up practise in Southampton before moving in the mid 1870s to Clapham. He had moved to the leafier metropolitan suburbs by 1881, listed in the census of that year at Croydon. He continued to practise as an architect into the twentieth century. The 1901 census records him, as an ARIBA, at 9 St Saviours Road, Croydon "working at home on his own account". He died in 1910. He had at least 7 children - 6 daughters and 1 son - with his wife Maria (born in Itchen Ferry), who he married at Holy Rood church in 1864.
Records of Charles Albert's career are sparse. St Matthew's Church in St Mary's Road was built between 1867 and 1869 to designs by Messrs Bull and Monday, architects of Portland Terrace. His partner is unidentified but, as the church was built by Joseph Bull and Sons, he was presumably a member of the family. Charles Albert is later recorded as "drawing class room superintendent of the Hartley Institution" (Hampshire Advertiser, 26 July 1871), supervising architectural and engineering drawings by its students.


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