Walter Henry Whittard (1861–1935) 

Lived at 71 Central Hill in 1901

Walter was born on 4 February 1861.  His mother Catherine Totteridge (1832- 1904) married his father John Alfred Whittard (1825-1902) on 1 July 1857.

He had one brother, John Charles Whittard (1858-1912) and nine sisters, of whom three did in early childhood.

Walter and his family were living at Rydal Mount, 35 Streatham Hill at the time of 1881 census. The house later became Streatham Hill College.[1] A visitor at the time was Thomas Underhill, like Walter he was described as a tea buyer.

John Alfred, Walter’s father, was a leather trader. At the age of seventeen Walter out of frustration with the way his father ran the family business moved to a role in the City of London as a tea trader. In 1886 he opened a shop in Fleet Street.

At the time of the 1901 census Walter was living with his parents and one of their grandchildren at 71 Central Hill in Upper Norwood.

Walter lived with his parents until he married Emily Hencke (1880-1949), fourth daughter of Charles E Hencke of Severn House, Thornton Road, Clapham Park on 2 July 1902.  Walter’s father John Alfred died shortly after on 27 August 1902 and his funeral took place at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill where he had worshipped.

In 1904 the Whittard business occupied part of the Victoria Warehouses in Mansell Street, popular with tea merchants, near to the Tower of London. In 1940 the premises were struck by a bomb..

Walter and Emily were living at 45 Buckleigh Road, Streatham when their sons Walter Hugh (1903-1967) and Richard Lawrence (1912-1985) were born.

When Walter died in November 1935 he was living in Westcliff-on-Sea and left an estate of  £14,291. After Walter’s death the business was taken over by his sons Dick and Hugh. The Whittard family were involved in the business until a management buy-out in 1988.