Henry Tilbury (1811-1886)

Henry Tilbury (1811-1886)

  • Father: Thomas Tilbury (1777-1857)
  • Mother: Ann nee Durden (ca1782-1861)
  • Born: 18 May 1811
  • Baptised: 11 Aug 1811, St. Mary('s), St. Marylebone
  • Married (1): 17 Sep 1844, Grace Steel, Windsor
  • Married (2): 25 Oct 1868, Ann Hollingsworth nee Bowkett, St. Marylebone
  • Died: 24 Mar 1886
  • Buried: Highgate Cemetery, grave 8493
  • Occupation: Brass Finisher

Grace Steel

  • Father: ? Steel
  • Born:
  • Married: 17 Sep 1844, Henry Tilbury, Windsor
  • Died: (45)

Ann Hollingsworth nee Bowkett (-1904)

  • Father: Thomas Bowkett, farmer
  • Born: ?ca1824
  • Baptised: ?3 Oct 1824, daughter of Sarah "Bowlcott" of Bishops., Froome
  • Married (1): 8 Jun 1845, Edward Hollingsworth, St. Marylebone
  • Married (2): 25 Oct 1868, Henry Tilbury, St. Marylebone
  • Died: ?1904 (80)


  • Baptism 1811 Henry Tilbury
  • Baptism 1824 Ann Bowlcott
  • Marriage 1844 Henry Tilbury, Grace Steel
  • Marriage 1845 Edward Hollingsworth, Ann Bowkett
  • Marriage 1868 Henry Tilbury, Ann Hollingsworth nee Bowkett
Note:Other research on a Henry Tilbury of the same period is included at Henry Tilbury & Ann Fitzwilliam.

[source Alan Tilbury]
Henry was baptised at St. Marylebone on 11 Aug 1811. The record gives his birth date as 18 May, presumably in the same year.

1844. Henry, a bachelor, married Grace Steel on 17 Sep. Grace died at age 45.

1845. On 25 Oct the partnership between brass manufacturers Henry Tilbury, Robert Tilbury and William Tilbury, of Cleveland St, St.Pancras, had been dissolved.1

1857. The following is quoted from a newspaper article concerning a widely reported court case involving Henry. His address, 54 Upper Marylebone Street, is the same as that carved on his gravestone.

An item of Foreign Intelligence in the Belfast Newsletter (Ireland) for Thursday the 19th March 1857, subtitled:-

Extraordinary conviction of a respectable tradesmen for gas stealing.

On Monday at Marlborough Street Police Court London before Mr Bingham the charge of serious and extraordinary character was preferred at the instance of the Imperial Gas Company against Mr Henry Tilbury, brass founder, finisher and gas fitter etc. in an extensive way of business at 54 Upper Marylebone St, St Marylebone.  The charge which was that of gas stealing excited considerable interest in consequence of the respectable position the accused held as a tradesman and the  number of hands in his employ.  The court was crowded with his friends and work people. It appeared that the accused carried on his business at the premises at 54 Upper Marylebone St. in the rear of which he had extensive workshops.  On the 28th of February from information received, Mr Hersey the superintendent and the company's inspectors were induced to make a visit to Mr Tilbury's premises as he burned the company's gas by meter and there was strong ground for the belief that the amount of gas burned by him was not registered by the meter.  On inspection they discovered a pipe connected with the main of the company before reaching the meter, carefully passed through and concealed in the wall passing through the house and into the workshops by which no less than thirty lights and six melting stoves of various descriptions were supplied with gas, consuming an enormous quantity.  The pipe was passed between the ceiling and the wall from the workshop in a very clever manner.  Mr Tilbury was present when the inspectors paid their visit.  Being informed of their suspicion he at first denied it but subsequently confessed that he had committed the wrong and that he had been using the pipe and burning the gas surreptitiously for a period of two or three years.  The company had however traced out the people concerned in putting the pipe up and were in a position to prove that they had been robbed in this manner for a period of something like five years and at a rate to the lowest estimate of 1000 cubic feet of gas per day.  Although in this instance the company could prove their loss to be to the extent of many hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of gas they had only proceeded against Mr Tilbury on a charge of stealing 1000 ft.³ of gas mainly on the day when the misappropriation was detected.  Mr Tilbury appeared deeply humiliated and affected at his position and threw himself on the mercy of the company and the court.  He was already a ruined man.  Mr Bingham sentenced him to two months imprisonment.  Mr Tilbury bowed to the decision of the magistrate and a most extra ordinarily scene presented itself;  nearly all the persons in the court, chiefly his work people, then rushing forward to shake hands with him on his removal from the dock to the cell awaiting removal to prison.2

1868. Henry, a widower and brass manufacturer, married widow Ann Hollingsworth nee Bowkett on 25 Oct. The marriage certificate states that Ann's father was Thomas Bowkett, a farmer.

1881. The Census shows a Henry Tilbury living at Paddington, London with his wife Ann of Frome, Hereford.

1886. Henry died 24 Mar and was buried near his parents and older brother Thomas in the Western burying ground of Highgate Cemetery.

?1904. Ann Tilbury, formerly Hollingsworth nee Bowkett, died at age 80.

Henry's wives Grace and Ann shared his grave. The inscription on the headstone states that Ann was his second wife.

[1] Northern Star, and National Trades' Journal, 25 Oct 1845
[2] Courtesy Alan Tilbury

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