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Arthur Cyril Richmond

Male 1879 - 1968  (89 years)



  • Name Arthur Cyril Richmond  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 27 Jan 1879  Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Baptism 27 Apr 1879  St Peter, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Arthur Cyril Richmond (1879-1968)
    Arthur Cyril Richmond (1879-1968)
    Baptism register
    Residence Apr 1881  Wishford Cottage, 8 Eastney View, Portsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • visitor
    Residence Apr 1891  Highcroft, Milford, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location ; Pupil  [7
    Education abt 1892 - 1897  Repton School Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Occupation abt 1900 - 1905  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Civil servant  [6
    Residence Mar 1901  Buckland Fishery, Corffe Green, Braunton Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • with brother Francis
    Occupation 1905 - 1907  Private Secretary, Board of Education  [6
    Occupation 1907 - 1910  Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location ; Deputy Director  [6
    Marriage 04 Oct 1907  Einde Gooi, Hilversum, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 8, 9
    Theodora Adrienne Anna van Riemsdyck,   b. abt 1885,   d. 22 Nov 1935, 21 Gordon Place, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1919 - 1926  Assistant Director, Kent Education Committee  [6
    Occupation 1926 - 1934  Deputy Secretary, National Council for Social Service  [6
    Occupation 1935 - 1958  Land Settlement Association  [6
    • 1935-1948: Vice-Chairman; 1939-1948: Controller; 1948-1958: Chairman.
    Marriage abt Nov 1940  Henley Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 10
    Margaretta Josephine Williams,   b. 28 Feb 1891, Clifton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1982, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Decoration 1946  CBE  [6
    Decoration 1955  Knight  [6
    Residence 1967  49 Paultons Square, Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Death 06 Nov 1968  Chelsea Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 12
    • On November 6th, 1968, peacefully at his home, in his 90th year, Sir Arthur Cyril Richmond, C.B.E. Beloved husband of Gretta. Funeral private. Flowers to J. H. Kenyon, 81 Westbourne Grove, W.2, by 9 a.m. Monday, 11th November. [The Times, 08 Nov 1968]
    Notes 
    • Sir Arthur Richmond. Former controller of the Land Settlement Association.
      Sir Arthur Richmond, C.B.E., former Controller of the Land Settlement Association, died on Wednesday at the age of 89.
      Arthur Cyril Richmond, who was born on January 27, 1879, came of a long line of painters. His great-grandfather Thomas Richmond (1771-1837) was a skilled miniaturist; his grandfather was George Richmond, the portrait painter (1809-1896), friend of Samuel Palmer and William Blake; and his father, also notable as a painter of portraits, was Sir William Richmond, K.C.B., (1842-1921).
      This heritage was reflected in Arthur Richmond. A man of taste and sensibility, he was an accomplished painter, and his interest in art matters generally found expression in his membership of the Royal Fine Arts Commission, on which he served for many years.
      He was educated at Repton, and on leaving school he travelled in continental countries where he acquired an intimate knowledge of most European languages, which he spoke fluently throughout his life. On his return to England he was approached by the private secretary to Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, with a view to joining Lord Milner's Kindergarten in South Africa. Richmond readily accepted this offer and joined the remarkable team of young men which included John Buchan, Lionel Curtis and, afterwards, Philip Kerr. In the course of his work he held a responsible position in Pretoria and contributed valuable help to the ultimate settlement of the Transvaal.
      In 1905, Richmond was invited to join the staff of the Board of Education and accepted the offer of a post. The situation at this time was highly critical. The Balfour-Morant Act of 1902 was in process of being carried into effect and involved a great deal of delicate and complicated work. The president of the new Board of Education at that time was Lord Londonderry. Richmond was appointed private secretary to Morant, the Permanent Secretary of the board, and his relations with Morant were of an entirely friendly character.
      The outstanding abilities of Richmond were speedily recognized and, although Morant had a high opinion of his work, he felt bound to offer him the post of private secretary to the president which, however, Richmond refused. In 1906 came the general election and the Liberal Government. The arrival of Birrell and the introduction of the first of a series of four contentious Education Bills laid an additional burden on Richmond who was already feeling the strain of work under Morant.
      In 1907 he left the office and was appointed Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, a post which was wholly congenial to him. Between 1910 and 1919 he suffered from serious ill health and the war made it difficult for him to resume his career. After the war, however, he was made Assistant Director of the Kent Education Committee under Salter-Davies and later Deputy Secretary of the National Council of Social Service, in which post he did important work between 1926 and 1934.
      Richmond's varied career,and particularly his association with the National Council for Social Service, had given him an insight into the problem of the unemployed. While still working with the National Council for Social Service, he took the leading part in discussions with the Government, which led in 1934 to the formation of the Land Settlement Association. He was vice-chairman of the association from 1935 to 1948, and chairman from 1948 until his retirement in 1958.
      The principles which the association adopted, largely on Richmond's advice, provided for the tenant smallholders various services such as the bulk purchase of commodities, use of a machinery pool and packing, grading and marketing of the produce and generous credit facilities.
      Richmond threw himself, with great energy and insight, into this valuable work and there is no doubt that his wide administrative experience and special study of the needs of the small food producer in this country and overseas contributed largely to the association's work of making unemployed men, with an industrial background, into successful smallholders.
      In 1947, the principles of the Land Settlement Association were embedded in Part IV of the Agriculture Act, 1947, and were continued by the association when the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food acquired the smallholding estates and appointed the association as its agent to manage them for the benefit of agricultural workers and to provide the services on a self-supporting basis. There is no doubt that his work for land settlement was Richmond's greatest contribution and he was always ready to visit foreign countries to explain and initiate schemes of its kind on the lines developed in this country. He published two books of autobiography, Twenty-Six Years and Another Sixty Years <,and> translations from Marcel Prévost and Louis Hémon. He was a former chairman of the Horace Plunkett Foundation. He was made a C.B.E. in 1946 and knighted in 1955.
      He married in 1907 Theodora Anna van Riemsdyk. She died in 1935 and he married secondly in 1941 Margaretta Josephine, daughter of John Hamilton Williams.
      [The Times, obituary, 08 Nov 1968]
    Person ID I2499  Tatham | Richmond branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2011 

    Father William Blake Richmond,   b. 29 Nov 1842, 16 Beaumont St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1921, Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Clara Jane Richards,   b. abt May 1846, Cardiff Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1915, Hammersmith Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Marriage 30 Nov 1867  St Thomas, Ryde Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 13, 14, 15
    • On the 30th Nov., at St. Thomas's Church, Ryde, by the Rev. David Wright. M.A., incumbent of St. Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop, Gloucestershire, assisted by the Rev. H. Girdlestone, vicar of Newchurch, Isle of Wight, William Blake Richmond, Esq., to Clara Jane, youngest daughter of the late William Richards, Esq., of Ely-rise, Llandaff. [The Times]
    Notes 
    • [Herbert William Richmond's] father and mother married in 1867 and spent the next three years abroad, chiefly in Italy. I remember, years ago, seeing in a little old pension at Assisi, long since closed, the walls that had been frescoed by William Richmond during his residence. [G M Trevelyan, An Autobiography & Other Essays]
    • Apr 1891: no children resid with parents at Beavor Lodge
    • Mar 1901: family away; Beavor Lodge occupied by caretaker & 3 maids.
    Family ID F0611  Family Group Sheet

    Family 1 Theodora Adrienne Anna van Riemsdyck,   b. abt 1885,   d. 22 Nov 1935, 21 Gordon Place, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Marriage 04 Oct 1907  Einde Gooi, Hilversum, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 8, 9
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F0619  Family Group Sheet

    Family 2 Margaretta Josephine Williams,   b. 28 Feb 1891, Clifton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1982, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Marriage abt Nov 1940  Henley Find all individuals with events at this location   [6, 10
    • in 1941 per The Times
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F1260  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Jan 1879 - Beavor Lodge, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 27 Apr 1879 - St Peter, Hammersmith Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Wishford Cottage, 8 Eastney View, Portsea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Pupil - Apr 1891 - Highcroft, Milford, Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1892 - 1897 - Repton School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Civil servant - abt 1900 - 1905 - South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Buckland Fishery, Corffe Green, Braunton Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Deputy Director - 1907 - 1910 - Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 04 Oct 1907 - Einde Gooi, Hilversum, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 04 Oct 1907 - Einde Gooi, Hilversum, Netherlands Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 22

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 2

    4. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Fulham, 1Q1879.

    5. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Peter, Hammersmith, 27 Apr 1879.
      b 27 Jan 1879

    6. [S05] The Times, obituary, 08 Nov 1968.
      Arthur Richmond

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 12 b Hammersmith

    8. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.
      MS additions to copy in SoG

    9. [S03] Family Members, EP.
      cf "Some Notes about the Meyricks and the Richmonds", Vernon Clarke and M L Walker, aft 1975

    10. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Henley, 4Q1940.

    11. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    12. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Chelsea, 4Q1968.
      age 89

    13. [S21] Dictionary of National Biography.

    14. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg IOW, 4Q1867.

    15. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 04 Dec 1867.