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Edward Henry Simpson

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Highfield,' Budleigh Salterton, Devonshire, England
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Son of William Butler Simpson
Father of Edward Graham Simpson

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About Edward Henry Simpson

Edward Henry Simpson, along with his brother William Fredrick were apprenticed to their father's firm, and later were made partners in 1860. It was they who altered the style of the firm to W.B.Simpson & Sons. They traded from 456 West Strand, opposite the Grand Hotel, but in 1868 moved to premises built by the sons at 100 St Martins Lane. The whole of the upper floors of 100 St Martins Lane was used as tile painting studio and for Mosaic and Ecclesiastical “Opus Sectile” panels and stained glass. Single 8”x 8” hand painted tiles then sold from 2/- up to 30/-.

In 1858 an arrangement was made with George and Arthur Maw of tile manufacturers Maw & Co for the sole agency of their products in the London Postal District. This arrangement grew, as from 1862 many new features in the tiles were manufactured such as printed patterns, decorative faience on architectural lines, and coloured enamel tiles for particular use on fireplaces. A pair of fireplace panels would sell for up to 30 guineas a pair!

Simpsons also made their own tiles, usually on “bisque” supplied by Maw & Co to their kilns under the South Western Railway arches at Vauxhall, and later at Chandos Street, which later became The Civil Service Stores. A large business was also done in hand painted tile decorations for theatres, restaurants, turkish baths, and Cathedrals, many of which still exist today such as the Criterion Theatre, Holborn Restaurant, and St Asaph Cathedral.

Eventually Fredrick retired in 1892, and Edward in 1894, handing over to Edward Graham and Fredrick Coleridge Simpson.

Source: http://wbsimpsonsons.co.uk/history/

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Edward Henry Simpson's Timeline

April 20, 1838
London, Middlesex, England
April 16, 1868
Age 29
London, Middlesex, England
April 29, 1922
Age 84
Highfield,' Budleigh Salterton, Devonshire, England