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R. H. & J. Pearson = Robert Henry and Jonathan Pearson

Location: London

  • Nos. 141 and 143, High-street, Notting-hill, Middlesex (1871)
  • ...and 91, 95, and 97 Camden Hill Road; Iron, Steel & Metal Warehouses, 21, 22, & 23 Upper Uxbridge St.; Manufactory & Workshops, 14, Durham Place, Notting Hill Gate, W. (1879)
  • 141, 143, 145, High Street, Notting Hill Gate, London, W. (1901)

Timeline:

  • 1840s-1940
R. H. & J. Pearson ad · Laxton's Price Book for Architects, Builders, Engineers & Contractors, 1879
R. H. & J. Pearson ad · Plumbing Practice, 1891
Laxton's Price Book for Architects, Builders, Engineers & Contractors · 1879 Plumbing Practice · 1891

R. H. & J. Pearson ad · Modern Book-Plates and Their Designers, 1898
R. H. & J. Pearson ad · Sporting and Dramatic News, September 22, 1900
R. H. & J. Pearson ad · The Month, January-June 1901
Modern Book-Plates and Their Designers · 1898 Sporting and Dramatic News
September 22, 1900
The Month · January-June 1901

Products:

  • "Messrs. R. H. & J. Pearson, Limited, wholesale and manufacturing ironmongers, High Street, Notting Hill, W., have just issued an illustrated catalogue of their well-known specialities in close and open-fire kitchen ranges, portable or self-setting ranges, register grates, mantel registers and interiors, marble and enamelled slate chimney-pieces, tile hearths, fire brasses, curb fenders, warm air stoves, and railings and gates, &c. The catalogue, which is excellently produced and bound in cloth, is a very comprehensive one, and will be found specially useful in the offices of architects, builders, and others directly interested in the building trades. Messrs. Pearson also supply electric light fittings, gasaliers, and gas fittings of every description, as also electrical heating and cooking apparatus. Sanitary appliances, plumbers' brass work, &c., form the subject of a separate illustrated catalogue." —The British Architect, Vol. LIL, July-December 1899.
R. H. & J. Pearson's Patent Automatic Action, Notting Hill Gate, London, GB. 4-lens R. H. & J. Pearson's coal cover
Photo: Oxfordian Kissuth
Wikimedia Commons
4-lens Coal Cover (eBay)

6-lens R. H. & J. Pearson's coal cover (top) 6-lens R. H. & J. Pearson's coal cover w/ring 6-lens R. H. & J. Pearson's coal cover (bottom)
6-lens Coal Cover 6-lens Coal Cover w/Ring 6-lens Coal Cover (bottom)
"R. H. & J. Pearson's Patent Automatic Action" · Photos: glenn197070 (eBay)

Genealogy:

1841 England Census:

Forth Street, St John, Newcastle on Tyne

Name Age Profession Born in
same County
William Pearson 45 Hardware Manufr. N
Mary Pearson 40 N
Robert Pearson 20 Ironmonger "&" Y
William Pearson 15 Y
Mary Pearson 15 Y
Jonathan Pearson 10 Y
Sarah Pearson 5 Y
Maria Pearson 4 Y

1851 England Census:

7, Ord St, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne:

Name Relation Condition Age Profession Where Born
William Henry Pearson Head Married 56 Nail and Chain Manufr. Durham, Swallwell
Mary Pearson Wife Married 52 Durham, Gateshead
William Pearson Son Unmarried 28 Chain Manufr. Newcastle upon Tyne
Mary Pearson Daughter Unmarried 25 Newcastle upon Tyne
Ann Pearson Daughter Unmarried 21 Durham, Gateshead
Lorin Pearson Son Unmarried 20 Ironmonger Newcastle upon Tyne
Sarah Pearson Daughter Unmarried 18 Newcastle upon Tyne
Maria Pearson Daughter Unmarried 11 Scholar Newcastle upon Tyne

1861 England Census:

3, South Bank, St Mary Abbots, Kensington:

Name Relation Condition Age Profession Where Born
Robert Henry Pearson Head Married 40 Ironmonger Northumberland, Newcastle-on-Tyne
Georgiana C. T. Pearson Wife Married 40 London, Middlesex
Mary Pearson Mother Visitor Widow 62 Durham, Gateshead
Jonathan Pearson Brother Visitor Unmarried 30 Ironmonger Northumberland, Newcastle-on-Tyne
Ann Moore Servant Unmarried 27 Serv. of all work Kent, Cranbrook

1871 England Census:

3, South Bank, St Mary Abbots, Kensington:

Name Relation Condition Age Profession Where Born
Robert H. Pearson Head Married 50 Ironmonger, Senior Partner in the firm of R. H. & J. Pearson ... employing 66 men Northumberland, Newcastle-on-Tyne
Georgiana C. T. Pearson Wife Married 50 City of London
Alfred C. Pearson Son 9 Middlesex, Kensington
Ann Russ Servant Unmarried 23 Housemaid Willshire, Sutton Benger
Martha Wheatley Servant Unmarried 30 Cook Sussex, Uckfield

7, Rye Hill Street, Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne:

Name Relation Condition Age Profession Where Born
Mary Pearson Head Widow 72 Durham, Gateshead
William Pearson Son Unmarried 48 Iron Merchant Newcastle upon Tyne
Mary Pearson Daughter Unmarried 46 Newcastle upon Tyne
Ann Pearson Daughter Unmarried 41 Durham, Gateshead
Sarah Pearson Daughter Unmarried 40 Newcastle upon Tyne
Maria Pearson Daughter Unmarried 36 Newcastle upon Tyne

1881 England Census:

23, Notting Hill Square:

Name Relation Condition Age Profession Where Born
Robert H. Pearson Head Widower 60 Ironmonger Northumberland, Newcastle
Alfred C. Pearson Son Unmarried 19 Undergraduate, Camb. Middlesex, Kensington
Mary Pearson Sister Unmarried 57 Northumberland, Newcastle
Catherine Weston Servant Unmarried 41 Cook Leicestershire, Endersby
Caroline Eve Servant Unmarried 25 Housemaid Middlesex, Notting Hill

Mary Pearson Grave Monument:

Mary Pearson grave monument in St Mary the Virgin Church burial ground, Whickham, Durham, England · Gravestone Photographic Resource
Mary Pearson Grave Monument
St Mary the Virgin Church

Whickham, Durham, England
Photo: Gravestone Photographic Resource
IN
AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCES
OF MARY PEARSON
WIDOW OF THE LATE
WILLIAM HENRY PEARSON
OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
WHO DIED 3RD JUNE 1872 AGED 75 YEARS
THE ABOVE WILLIAM HENRY PEARSON
DIED 6TH JULY 1858, AGED 64 YEARS
AND IS INTERRED AT THE EAST END OF
THE CHURCH
ALSO OF ROBERT HENRY
THEIR ELDEST SON
WHO DIED 7TH SEPTEMBER 1893, AGED 73 YEARS
AND WAS INTERRED AT HANWELL, MIDDLESEX
ALSO OF MARIA
THEIR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER
WHO DIED 23RD DECEMBER 1893, AGED 57 YEARS
ALSO OF WILLIAM
THEIR SECOND SON
WHO DIED 19TH JULY 1896, AGED 74 YEARS
ALSO OF JONATHAN
THEIR YOUNGEST SON
WHO DIED 15TH JUNE 1898, AGED 67 YEARS
ALSO OF ANNE THEIR SECOND DAUGHTER
WHO DIED APRIL 1905, AGED 77 YEARS
AND OF SARAH THEIR THIRD DAUGHTER...

Notes:

  • "Across the main road the winding pathway of Plough Lane climbed the hill. Plough Lane ended in Campden Passage, a footpath between the premises of the two water companies. At the corner (now occupied by Messrs. Pearson's ironmongery stores), was a dairy farm called Notting Hill Dairy, locally known as “Shoesmith's” ..." —Notting Hill in Bygone Days by Florence Gladstone
  • "OLD COURT.—Tuesday, April 14th, 1840. ... JONATHAN PEARSON. I am an ironmonger, in partnership with Thomas and John Pearson. ..." —Central Criminal Court. Minutes of Evidence
  • "Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership subsisting between Thomas Pearson, John Pearson, and Jonathan Pearson, as Wholesale and Retail Furnishing Ironmongers, and Smiths, at No. 18, Calthorpe-place, Gray's-inn-road, in the county of Middlesex, under the firm of T. J. and J. Pearson, has been this day dissolved by mutual consent. All debts owing to or by the said partnership will be received and paid by the said Thomas Pearson, by whom the said business will in future be carried on: As witness our hands this 1st day of January 1842. Thomas Pearson. John Pearson. Jonathan Pearson." —The London Gazette, 1842
  • "Pearson Thomas, ironmonger, 18 Calthorpe pl. Gray's-inn" —The Post Office London Directory, 1843
  • "WANTED, TWO or THREE good General SMITHS, and a FIREMAN.—Apply to R. H. &. J. PEARSON, Ironmongers, 141 and 143, High-street, Notting hill, W." —The Builder, April 28, 1860
  • "Your Committee have also considered the application of Mr. Thomas Pearson, for the consent of the Board to the raising of a shop at the rear of his premises, No. 18, Calthorpe-place, Gray's-inn-road, to three stories in height, as shown upon the Plan accompanying the application, referred to them by the Board on the 20th September last (No. 61). The existing shop is one story only in height, and the Vestry of St. Pancras consider that the application should be refused, on the ground that the raising of the shop would deprive the adjoining houses of light and air. Your Committee are of opinion that the objection of the Vestry should prevail, and they recommend— That the application of Mr. Thomas Pearson ... be not granted." —Minutes of Proceedings of the Metropolitan Board of Works, October 18, 1861
    International Inventions Exhibition · Official Catalogue · 1885
    International Inventions Exhibition
    Official Catalogue · London, 1885
  • “PRIZE MEDAL” KITCHENER. HIGHEST AWARD INVENTION EXHIBITION, LONDON, 1885.
  • "Iron, Hardware, and Metal Trades' Pension Society.—The thirtieth annual ball of the Iron, Hardware, and Metal Trades' Pension Society will take place at Willis's Rooms, early in February, under the presidency of Mr. Jonathan Pearson, a member of the firm of R. H. & J. Pearson, of London." —The Builder, Volume L, January-June 1886
  • "Deaths. PEARSON.—Sept. 7, at 23, Campden-hill-square, W., Robert Henry Pearson, in his 73d year." —The London Standard, September 9, 1893
  • "PEARSON Robert Henry of 23 Campden-hill-square Middlesex ironmonger died 7 September 1893 Probate London 23 November to Jonathan Pearson ironmonger James Bailey hotel proprietor and Alfred Chilton Pearson barrister-at-law Effect resworn £31232 4s. 2d." —England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995
  • "The personal estate of ... Mr. Robert Henry Pearson, of R. H. & J. Pearson, Notting Hill-gate, ironmonger, [amounts to] £30,354." —The Statist, December 2, 1893
    • A couple sources claim the company employed 200 or so people around the time of RHP's death, but I can't find a primary source for this. It's supposedly mentioned in The Statist...
  • "We regret to announce the death of Mr Jonathan Pearson, head of the well-known firm of Messrs. R. H. & J. Pearson, Ltd., of Notting-hill-gate. The sad event took place at his residence 6, Lansdowne-crescent, on Wednesday morning last." —London Mid Surrey Times and General Advertiser, June 18, 1898
  • "Messrs. R. H. & J. Pearson send us their finely-illustrated catalogue of “Modern Fireplaces” executed by them. For the most part these are very well designed, and quite above the average of grates and chimney-pieces shown in catalogues of this kind. Some of the designs are a little too fanciful and odd in detail, but the majority are in very good taste, and the catalogue as a whole is highly creditable to the firm." —The Builder, July 22, 1905
  • "Messrs. R. H. & J. Pearson, at Stand 197, show a number of fire-grates, wood and iron mantelpieces, kitchen ranges, and a porcelain-enamelled cast-iron bath of good quality. The mantelpieces are well designed. Special mention may be made of an inlaid rosewood mantelpiece of Sheraton type, with an interior of repoussée brass with Wedgwood panels. The “Bungalow” fire has a firebrick base in which a small ash-grate is placed, so that the grate is half-way between the old type and the well-fire with solid hearth. They also show an elaborate brass and iron dog-grate set in a tiled recess, and with a whitewood mantelpiece of good design." —The Builder, April 13, 1907
  • "R. H. & J. Pearson Limited ... Incorporated on 20 May 1909" —Company Check Ltd
  • "Appeal Tribunal. The Central District Committee of the East Sussex Appeal Tribunal held a sitting at Lewes on Thursday ... The Military also appealed in the case of William Bernard (34), ironmonger's assistant in the employ of Messrs. R. H. & J. Pearson, Ltd., who was allowed, exemption till February 12th. The Tribunal decided to allow the decision to stand, but they added the final clause." —Eastbourne Chronicle, December 16, 1916
  • "20 Peel Street, Pearson RH & J Ltd, Iron and Steel Manufacture, 1935" — "...produced from information extracted from Kelly's Kensington and Chelsea Trade Directories (from 1890, 1935, and 1953)" —London Underground Limited - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Wound up operations 1940National Archives, Reference J 13/16819, Former reference Court File 00124-40

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