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Sir John Henry Johnson

(1826-1909), Justice of the Peace and Sheriff of London and Middlesex

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Mark A Roberts

29 March 2017, 19:15

Sir John Henry Johnson
Born 21 Sept 1826, died Sat 2 October 1909, aged 83
He was a Merchant and Corn Factor in Mark Lane.
He was 'Sheriff of London in 1873-4, and knighted during that time, on the occasion of the marriage of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh'. He was 'a director and one time the chairman of the Surrey Commercial Dock Company ... a prominent member of the Court of the Drapers' Company [twice Master]. ...He was chairman and treasurer, on behalf of the Drapers' Company, of the Peoples' Palace in the East End of London, an institution for the poor upon which the Drapers' Company spent over £11,000 each year.
'He bought St Osyth's Priory in 1863 from the descendants of the late Mr Nassau spent very large sums of money on restoring the buildings... he often resided in St Osyth Essex.
In 1882 he restored and beautified the chancel of the church' and contributed greatly to the cost of restoring the rest of the church.

'His generous care for the poor children of Clerkenwell, and latterly of Dalston, many hundreds of whom have enjoyed a three week holiday at the Gateway of the Priory are well known... He was a Magistrate for the County and for many years our Vicar's Churchwarden...'

All from St Osyth's Parish Magazine of November 1909. His wife died in 1882, from the glass square in the S aisle, the same date as the first restoration works.

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