Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, 1st Baronet (30 April 1842 – 23 June 1921) was a civil engineer and contractor responsible for many landmark buildings in London.
Bartlett was born at Hardington Mandeville. Aged 23, he joined Perry & Company, a civil engineering contractor founded by East End carpenter John Perry, based in Bow, east London, in 1865. He became a partner in the business in 1872, and after the death of Perry’s three sons, became sole proprietor in 1888. In 1897, Bartlett signed a £877,000 contract to construct a deep tube under the Thames from Waterloo to Baker Street - part of the present-day Bakerloo Line.
He married Ada Charlotte Barr, and had several children. He lived from 1900 at Cornwall Gardens in west London.
On his death his baronetcy passed to his grandson, Basil, as his two eldest sons had predeceased him (Herbert Evelyn Barlett, 1875-1917, and Hardington Arthur Bartlett 1877-1920, lost at sea).
In 1911, he gave £30,000 to University College London to fund a new building for the School of Architecture, along with the Department of Applied Statistics and studios for the teaching of sculpture. The donation was initially anonymous, but in 1919 he consented to his name being revealed, and The Bartlett (the Faculty of the Built Environment) now bears his name.
Bartlett's contracts and designs included:
- 30 St Mary Axe
- the rebuilt Waterloo station
- St Thomas' Hospital (his 1896 building was rebuilt in the 1970s)
- improvements at Somerset House
- various stations on the London Underground between Baker Street and Waterloo
- part of Tower Bridge
References and sources
- "The life of Herbert Henry Bartlett". Bartlett 100. UCL Bartlett. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- "No. 28703". The London Gazette. 21 March 1913. p. 2158.
- 'Cornwall Gardens', in Survey of London: Volume 42, Kensington Square To Earl's Court, ed. Hermione Hobhouse (London, 1986), pp. 151-157 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol42/pp151-157 [accessed 19 December 2015].
- The Times Obituary 4 Jul 1921
- The Peerage: Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, 1st Bt. Retrieved 2012-11-08
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
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