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BERRIDGE, Richard (d 1887)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1406
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: BERRIDGE, Richard (d 1887)
Date(s): 1801-1937
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.53 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Berridge | Richard | d 1887 | landowner and brewer


Administrative/Biographical history:

The seat of Richard Berridge was Ballynahinch Castle, County Galway, Ireland, which became the residence of his son, Richard, who was a justice of the peace for the county and, in 1894, High Sheriff.

Richard Berridge the elder lived for over twenty years in Bloomsbury, first at 36 Bloomsbury Square, then, from about 1856 to 1877, at 18 Great Russell Street. Prior to this he had resided in Rochester, Kent, and he acquired property in that county as well as in Middlesex. A return of landowners in 1873 describes his holdings in Middlesex as over 300 acres with a gross estimated rental of 577, and a smaller amount in Kent, 79 acres worth 184.15s. He also had mining interests and property in other counties. Berridge entered into partnership with Sir Henry Meux of the Horse Shoe Brewery, Tottenham Court Road. He retired in July 1878 on the establishment of the new firm of Meux and Company. In the late 1870's Berridge left Bloomsbury for an address in Putney, Surrey, and, after a few years, went to live in Bridgewater, Somerset. He died on 20 September 1887 leaving five daughters and one son, Richard, born in 1870.

The estate was administered by trustees until Richard Berridge the younger came of age. In his will, Berridge bequeathed a charity legacy of 200,000 to be applied for the advancement and propagation of education in economic and sanitary sciences in Great Britain. The legacy was administered by his trustees, who donated large sums to the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and the British Institute of Preventive Medicine, and smaller amounts to other institutions and societies, such as the Sanitary Inspectors' Association and Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers concerning the property and estate of Richard Berridge of Bloomsbury, including papers relating to money left to various charities and institutions, and the executorship of Charles Tomkins.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1406-1: Deeds relating to premises in Brentford and Little Stanmore;
ACC/1406-2: Deeds concerning executorship of Charles Tomkins;
ACC/1406-3: Miscellaneous probates of wills and related papers;
ACC/1406-4: Middlesex;
ACC/1406-5: Cornwall;
ACC/1406-6: Durham and Yorkshire;
ACC/1406-7: Gloucestershire;
ACC/1406-8: Kent;
ACC/1406-9: Wiltshire;
ACC/1406-10: Wales;
ACC/1406-11: Ireland;
ACC/1406-12: Personal estate.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in January 1978.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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