Harry Blake

#47246, b. March 1880

For sale on the internat at £20 (in July 2012)

Individual's Timeline

Birth RegMarch 1880Harry Blake1

Primary events

  • Birth Reg: Harry's birth was registered in the quarter ended in March 1880 in the Lewisham, London registration district.1

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Harry was a yacht agent. This is from the census, and then, in later years, H BLAKE & Co were listed in phone directories with the same business. The Broads authority mentions this firm - "The 20th century brought an explosion in this new commerce, based on recreation. The pioneer of the boat hiring business, John Loynes, founded his business in 1878. Other firms soon followed his example and in 1908 H Blake & Co was founded, to handle bookings on an agency basis for a number of firms."
  • Directory: He was listed in a directory issued in 1914-1917 as H BLAKE & Co, Yacht Agents. his address was 10 Bassinghall Street, London, Greater London, England. with a phone number of London Wall 8965.2
  • Directory: He was listed in a directory issued in 1918-1919 as H BLAKE & Co, Yacht Agents. his address was 28 Newgate Street, London, Greater London, England. with a phone number of City 4672. This listing does NOT appear in 1925.2,3

Census details

Some aspects of Harry Blake's life. H BLAKE & Co still exists today. They have a web site - http://www.blakes.co.uk

In 1906, six Londoners from a London tennis club applied to the railway company for a list of boatyards and eventually hired a wherry yacht from Ernest Collins. Finding arrangements more than a little haphazard, one of the party, Harry Blake, offered at the end of the holiday to become Collins’ agent in London, and double his bookings. In his first year as agent, business was such that Blake was able to write most of his bookings for Ernest Collins in his tiny pocket diary, but in the following year, he gambled 4s 6d (about 24p) on a three-line advertisement in the Daily Mail. It brought over 400 replies and Blake’s Agency was born. The first catalogue in 1908, called “H Blake and Co’s Yachting List”, offered Ernest Collins’ 34 cabin yachts and 9 pleasure wherries for hire for a six week season.

Citations

  1. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, BLAKE      Harry            Lewisham      1d     1094.
  2. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "British Phone Books, 1880-1984 Record for Harry Blake - 1914 > London Surnames A - Z Jan > 114."
  3. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "British Phone Books, 1880-1984 Record for Harry Blake - 1919 > London Surnames A - Z > 103."