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John Perry (1813-1894)

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John Perry (1813-1894) of Perry and Co (of Bow)

c.1813 Born

1840 Went into business

1861 John Perry (age 48), builder and brickmaker, lived in West Ham with Elizabeth Perry (age 46) John Perry 20, builder's assistant, William Perry 18, Mary Ann Perry 14, Fanny Perry 10, Janet Perry 5[1]

1876 Left the business which was continued by his sons.

1894 February 22nd. Contractor, of Tredegar Works, Bow, died in Haywards Heath[2] age 80[3] 'On the 22nd inst., at his residence, Beech Hurst, Hayward's Heath, John Perry, late of Swiss House, Battle, Highbury Crescent, London, and Tredegar Works.'[4]

1894 Obituary. 'We have to record the demise of Mr. John Perry, which occurred Thursday at his residence, Beechhurst. Deceased was formerly one of the best known and most successful contractors in the Metropolis. He was the founder and head of the firm of Messrs. Perry and Son, and Messrs. Perry, Son, and Bartlett, of Tredegar Works, Bow, for he outlived his three sons, who were partners with him in the business from which he retired ten or twelve years ago. He was born in the parish of South Hackney, and subsequently resided Swiss House, where his first wife breathed her last. Some few years ago he took up his residence at Beechhurst. Mr. Perry built St. Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth, the Hotel Victoria, and Temple Avenue, besides many other public works in London. In his religious views Mr. Perry was a Nonconformist, and attended for years the Calvinistic Baptist Chapel in All Saints’-street, Hastings, and was a supporter the late Mr. Wells, at Surrey Tabernacle. He was, however, a strong Conservative, and in the parishes in which he resided supported the Church Schools and the various parochial organisations. He leaves a widow, one son, and three daughters.'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. National Probate calendar
  3. BMD
  4. London Daily News - Saturday 24 February 1894
  5. Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 27 February 1894