Charles Brooking

Architectural Historian

Charles Brooking is an architectural historian specialising in period building details.


Charles Brooking’s passion for architectural detail began back in 1956 when he was just three and became fascinated by the stylised 1930’s Bakelite house numbers he saw on neighbours’ front gates. For 24 years he was Senior Lecturer in Architectural Detail at the University of Greenwich, teaching aspiring students and architectural professionals from all over the world. Joint winner of the National Art Collections Award in 1987, he is a widely-recognised consultant in his field. 

As the founder of the Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail, Charles retains a loan collection on display at his teaching gallery in Cranleigh, Surrey, which is available to visit by appointment. Charles uses his teaching gallery to deliver a number of courses including:


The General History of the English Window circa 1660-1960

The Development of the English Door circa 1550-1960

Domestic Timber Staircases circa 1700-1939

The Coal Burning Fire-grate circa 1750-1950


For more information on courses and CPD’s or to arrange a visit please contact Charles Brooking.



Charles also offers an on-site consultancy service on the above subjects and can prepare detailed reports outlining the surviving historic fabric along with later alterations and modifications, particularly in the fields of windows and doors.

For more information on consultancy services please contact Charles Brooking


To arrange a visit to Charles Brooking's teaching gallery or for enquiries about courses and consultancy, please contact Charles Brooking at:

+44 (0) 1483 274203

For more information on the Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail please visit