Pelham Richardson

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Born: 24 Mar 1804 Died: 26 Dec 1860 Married: Mary Engleheart Mother: Mary Barker Father: James Richardson Descendant: Ernest M. Richardson
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

Pelham Richardson was born on the 24th March 1804 at St Michael Cornhill in London (or the parish of St Mary Abchurch), his father was James Mallcott Richardson, and his mother was Mary Barker. He was Christened on the 17 Apr 1805.

On the 6th December 1831, Pelham was given the Freedom to the City of London, due to his father James Mallcott Richardson having previously been given this honour in 1797 (having a parent with this appears to confer it to a son).

Similarly on the 10h January 1843 his brother Guileford Barker Richardson (born 1817) was also inducted.

He was a bookseller and publisher and there are hundred of news items about new publications available from Pelham Richardson, 23 Cornhill. The Open Library has a list of the books that he published.

He lived firstly at 97 Blackheath Park, and later at 15 Morden Road.


On the 2nd of June 1832 he married Mary Jane Engleheart at Saint Luke in Old Charlton, Kent. Both were of that parish, and as Mary was a minor, they had the consent of her father, J.B. Engleheart, Esq. The witnesses were Henry Engleheart and J.W.Richardson.

From the Oxford Journal 09 June 1832:

At Charlton, Pelham Richardson, Esq. of Blackheath Park, 
to Mary Jane, eldest daughter of N.B. Engleheart, Esq.
of the same place.


They had at four children, three of whom survived him:

  • Mary J. Richardson, born in Kennington in Surrey in around 1837
  • Pelham Engleheart Richardson, born in Lewisham, Kent in around 1844 [Registered: 1844 Oct-Nov-Dec, Lewisham, vol.5 page 290], died 15 Jan 1899 Gisborne, New Zealand..
  • Edith Serena Richardson, born circa 1847. Died on the 19th February 1859 aged 12. Daughter of Pelham Richardson, Esq. of Blackheath-park. From Pelhams obituary: Died at 13 from diphtheria. From obituary in The Gentleman's Magazine 1859: "Feb 19, Aged 11, Edith Serena, youngest daughter of Pelham Richardson, esq, of Blackheath-park."
  • Ernest Murray Richardson, born in Blackheath in around 1848

Electoral Registers & Directories

In 1832, 1835 and 1837 a Pelham Richardson was listed as a stationer at 23 Cornhill, also at the same address was a James Mallcott Richardson. A John Richardson (also a stationer) lived at 91 Cornhill.

In the 1839 Robson's London and Birmingham directory:

  • Richardson, Pelham, Bookseller & Stockbroker, 23 Cornhill
  • Richardson, Jno. Sec. of Sun Insurance Company, 101 Cornhill
  • Richardson, Jas. M. Bookseller & publisher, 23 Cornhill
  • Richardson J.M. Stockbroker, 23 Cornhill
  • Richardson & Pike, Solicitors, 28 Golden Sq.
  • Richardson Chas. Coal Merchant, 145 Leadenhall st.
  • Richardson Chas. Coal Merchant, 9 Bankside
  • Richardson Wm. Coal Dealer, 39 Little Pulteney st.
  • Richardson This. Merchant, 72 Cornhill

In the 1839 Pigot's directory:

  • Richardson, James Mallcott, 23 Cornhill
  • Richardson, John, 25 South Audley st
  • Richardson Pelham, 23 Cornhill
  • Richardson Richd. 21 St. John st, Clrkwll

In the 1840 Pigot's directory:

  • Richardson Jas. M. esq. Blackheath pk
  • Richardson Mrs. Lawford, St. German's place, Blackheath.
  • Richardson Pelham, esq. Dartmouth grove, Blackheath.

In the 1851 Post Office Directory:

  • Richarson James, esq. Blackheath pk.
  • Richardson Lawford, esq. 14 Stainton pl
  • Richardson Miss, Upper Park place, Blackheath park
  • Richardson Murray, esq. Park lodge, Blackheath park
  • Richardson Pelham, esq. Dartmouth grove.

In the 1858 Melville's Directory:

  • Richardson, Guildford Barker, esq., 10, Stanton place
  • Richardson, Miss, 5, Upper park place, Blackheath park.
  • Richardson, Mrs. Blackheath park
  • Richardson, Murray, esq., New road, Blackheath park
  • Richardson, Pelham, esq., New Road, Blackheath park

In the 1878 Post Office Directory:

  • Richardson, William Pelham, Gothic Villa, Felpham, Sussex

In 1855 Pelham Richardson (stationer) was listed at Dartmouth grove, Blackheath, City of London, house, 23 Cornhill. It is not clear if the description house is for Dartmouth Grove (which I believe to be his residence) or for 23 Cornhill (which I believe his ownership entitled him to vote - only men over 21 who owned property could vote).


Pelham Richardson died on the 26th December 1860 at his residence at Morden Road, Blackheath park, Blackheath, Kent.

The probate on 25th May 1861 of Pelham Richardson

The will of Pelham Richardson late of Cornhill in the City of London and of Morden-road Blackheath Park Blackheath in the County of Kent. Bookseller and East India Agent deceased who died 26th December 1860 at Morden-road aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Mary Jane Richardson of Morden-road aforesaid Widow the Relict and the sole Executrix.

Obituary in The Bookseller, Jan 26, 1861

Mr. Pelham Richardson

Dec. 26, aged 56, Mr. Pelham Richardson, of 
the firm of Richardson Brothers, Cornhill.

Mr. Richardson was the second son of the late 
Mr. James Mallcott Richardson, who was so well 
known as one of the members of the book-selling 
confraternity, taking an active part in the association
to protect the trade from the under-selling. He
was born 23rd Feb. 1804, and was educated prin-
capably by his brother-in-law. the Rev. Canon 
Dale, recently vicar of St. Pancras. At an early
age he joined his father in the business on Corn-
hill, identifying himself more particularly with 
the publishing and retail department, in which he
was remarkable for his urbanity of manners and his
unvarying kindness and amiability. As a publisher
he is noted as having been the medium through
whom was given to the world the opinions of our
most eminent mercantile men in relation to the 
difficult questions of the currency, having published
the pamphlet of the present Lord Overstone, the
late Mr. H. Palmer, Mr. Baring, Mr. Alderman
Salomons, Sir Geo. Larpent, Col. Macdonald, and
many others. the excitement at the period of the
issue of the principal pamphlets of Mr. Horsley
Palmer and Lord Overstone was so great that they
could not be struck off from the press quick enough
to meet the demand, which extended to between
4000 and 5000, the interest being only momentary.

On the death of the late Mr. J.M. Richardson, he 
joined his younger bother in partnership, since when
they have together carried on an extensive export 
business to our East and West India possessions.
He married the eldest daughter of Mr. Nathl. B.
Engleheart, the prominent proctor of Doctors' Com-
mons, by whom he had four children, three of whom
survive him, the fourth, a daughter, was two years
since carried off, at the interesting period of thirteen
years of age, by diphtheria. His health seems to 
have failed from that time, and in the early part of 
1860 he was told that there was considerable organic 
disease of the heart. His Last illness arose from
there absorption of matter into the blood, producing 
the disease medically styled pyæmia

Other Records

Not necessarily for this Pelham Richardson.

Name: Pelham John Richardson Birth Date: 6 May 1908 Date of Registration: Jan 1998 Age at Death: 89 Registration district: Hove Inferred County: Sussex Register Number: 84C District and Subdistrict: 4571 Entry Number: 276

Marriage licenses: 9th November 1700: Pelham Richardson & Eliza James


  • Theodora Pelham Richardson, Jan 1889 Brighton
  • Pelham Engleheart Richardson, Oct 1844 Lewisham
  • Lawford Pelham H Richardson, Oct 1873 Hackney
  • Pelham Harold Richardson, Oct 1902 East Preston
  • Pelham John Richardson, Apr 1908 Brighton

He published Emigration and Superabundant Population Considered, in a Letter to Lord Ashley by Amicus Populi, London, Pelham Richardson, 1848. 6d.

The Harleian Society - The Marriage, Baptismal, and Burial Registers of the Collegiate Church of Abbey of St. Peter, Westminster.

A much earlier Pelham Richardson appears to have been around:

  • 1671 May 8 - John, son of Mr. Thomas Richardson (Foot-note 7).

Foot-note 7. Mr. Thomas Richardson succeeded Mr. Henry Purcell, as one of the Gentlemen of the Chapel Rotal, in Aug. 1664. He died in that office 23 July, and was buried in Chiswick, Midx., 6 Aug. 1712, aged about 70. His will, dated 23 Apl. 1771, was proved 30 July 1712, by his nephew Pelham Richardson, residuary legatee, and he left bequest to other nephews, Thomas and William Richardson, and Lieut. Charles May. He married (Mar. Lic. Viv. Gen. 8 Dec. 1669) Mrs. Melior Gower, sister of Lieut.-Colonel James Gower, and cousin of Mrs. Frances Gower (see her burial, 17 Apl. 1698). She was buried at Chiswick, 4 Oct. 1705, aged about 58. This son John was also buried at Chiswick, 27 Much. 1711. See his sister's baptism 15 Apl. 1675.

Also from the same registers

*1675 April 15 - Malior, daughter of Thomas and Melior Richardson. (8)

(8) See her brother's baptism 8 May 1671, and note thereto. According to her father's will she was buried at Chiswick, and must have died before 1678, as her name does not occur in the register of that parish, which begins in that year.

A Pelham Richardson was christened 27th October 1710 at St James, Clerkenwell, to Pelham Richardson and Eliza his wife.