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Herbert Henry Bartlett

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Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett (1842-1921) of Perry and Co (of Bow)

ca.1875 Birth of son Herbert Evelyn Bartlett - later a Solicitor and died 1917.

1879 Birth of son Arthur Hardington Bartlett

1880 Birth of son Robert Dudley Bartlett

1881 Living at 25/26 Tredegar Square, Mile End Old Town, London: Herbert H. Bartlett (age 38 born Hardington, Somerset), Contractor employing about 1,200 mechanics / labourers. With his wife Ada C. Bartlett (age 30 born London) and their four children; Herbert E. Bartlett (age 6 born Bromley); Ada N. Bartlett (age 4 born Bromley); Hardington A. Bartlett (age 2 born Bromley); and Robert D. Bartlett (age 6 months born Mile End Old Town).[1]


1921 Obituary.[2]

The inhabitants of Hardington Mandeville, near Yeovil, last week heard with deep regret of the death of Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, Bart, (recorded in last week's Western Chronicle), where the deceased was well known and highly respected.

Sir Herbert, who was 79 years of age at the time of his death, which occurred at his residence at Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, was a native of Hardington, and was an uncle of Mr. F. R. Bartlett, builder, Hendford, Yeovil. The deceased gentleman, who was the son of the late Mr. Robt. Bartlett, of Hardington, was born in 1842. He was created baronet in 1913.

In 1871 he married Ada Charlotte Barr, daughter of Mr. Joseph Barr. For many years he was chairman and governing director of the famous London engineers and contractors, Messrs. Perry & Co. (Bow), Ltd., with whom he was associated for 50 rears.

Some of the principal contracts of this firm were for the construction of the Tower Bridge, works at Somerset House, the Baker-street and Waterloo Railway, the Piccadilly Hotel, the Hotel Cecil, St. Thomas's Hospital, Waterloo Station, the Government buildings in Stanford-street, the Hotel Victoria, the Khedive’s Palace, Cairo, His Majesty's Theatre, the Haymarket, the big naval hospital at Chatham, the Victoria Barracks at Portsmouth, and during the war, practically all the hutting in the Southern Command; while since the Armistice the Company have been carrying out extensive work in Belgium.

It was to supervise work in Belgium that Sir Herbert's son, Arthur Hardington Bartlett, late managing director of Messrs. Perry and Co. (Bow) Ltd., was crossing on that fateful trip on January 11, 1920, on the steamer Pieter de Koenick, from the deck of which boat he was swept overboard during a heavy gale.

The firm is being carried on with Sir Herbert's son, Robert Dudley Bartlett, managing director.

Sir Herbert was three times Master of the Worshipful Company of Patternmakers, Director of the Builders’ Accident Insurance Company, past President of the Institute of Builders' and held many other important positions associated with the building trade. He was a generous supporter of many institutions and in contributed £30,000 to the University of London towards the erection of a school of architecture and far other purposes. was deeply interested in and assisted in the fitting out of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s first expedition to the South Pole, of which Mount Bartlett is a permanent record. He never forgot his native village and gave a generous contribution to the Hardington War Memorial; while he has always marked his generosity in the surrounding districts by assisting any worthy object.

He was a keen yachtsman being member of the Royal London Yacht Club for nearly 50 years, and had been Commodore since 1902, ns well as serving on the Council of the Yacht Racing Association. Sir Herbert presented the International Challenge Cup for 15 metre yachts, which was before the war won by Paula II, of German ownership. The cup was recently returned to this country through the efforts of the Kiel Yacht Club. Sir Herbert was himself the owner of several yachts. The successor in the baronetcy is the late Sir Herbert’s grandson, Basil Bartlett, who is 15 years of age and is at Repton. He is the son of the late Arthur Hardington Bartlett who, as stated above, was drowned last year. The funeral was on Saturday, the first part of the service being conducted at St. Mary's Abbot’s Church, Kensington, and the interment was at Highgate Cemetery. The family mourners included the widow, deceased's three sons and three daughters, with the new baronet. Mr. F. R. Bartlett, of Yeovil (nephew), Mr. R. E. D. Bartlett, of Haselbury Plucknett, and Mr. Gus Bartlett, of Baden, Swindon, also attended. The coffin, which was of polished panelled oak, bore the inscription; Herbert Henry Bartlett, who passed away June ..8, 1921, aged 79 years.”


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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. Western Chronicle - Friday 08 July 1921