George Read Peerless
Born 1832 East Sheen, Sy.(Bailiffs Lodge,Palewell), baptised 1881 Clapham, London (Park Hill House), died 2 Apr 1904 Clapham, London (Park Hill House), 71 or 72 years, bur. Forest Hill, SE. (Camberwell Cmty. - MI). Occupations: Cloth Manufacturer. Son of Richard Peerless and Mary Read
First a gardener at Palewell, at the time of his marriage a "merchants clerk". Joined a "cloth-shrinking" company, founded in 1689 by a Dutchman Bartholomew Vanderplank, and took over the firm in 1864, therafter trading as G R Peerless & Co.; the business prospered and later moved to 61 Old Street, EC. George retired in 1900 and the firm carried on under his sons, surviving until 1966, when goodwill, trade marks & plant were sold; Peerless St, EC was named after the firm. In 1881 Census George and his family were named "Pearless".
Married 11 Aug 1856 Mortlake, Surrey (St.Mary the Virgin) (47 years married) to:
Born 1833 Mortlake, Surrey, died 11 Apr 1916 London SW. (16 Streatham Hill), 82 or 83 years, bur. Forest Hill, SE. (Camberwell Cmty. - MI)
In 1871 Census she and her husband were living at Woodford, Essex with their children Kate, Alice, Florence, Frederick & Jessie, and a servant; in 1891 Census they were at 5 Park Hill House, Clapham with children Jessie, George, Bartholomew & Percy, and 3 servants.
1)Stephen George Peerless
Born 7 Aug 1857 Stockwell, London (3 Angel Place), baptised 1934 112 Grosvenor Rd, Chelsea (& FinchleyRd), died 6 Nov 1934 Hampstead, London N. (613 Finchley Road), 77 years. Occupations: Manufacturer
Joined G R Peerless & Co.in 1886. In 1891 living at Wimbledon with his wife & children Charles, Olive, Herbert, Harold & an unnamed infant daughter. In 1901 living at Reigate with his wife & children Olive, Ethel & Godfrey. 20.10.1916 announced that his partnership with his brothers Frederick & George, trading as Peerless & Sons Clothworkers & Shrinkers, was dissolved; Frederick & George continued trading under the same name. Admon.with Will dated 31.8.1886 granted to Rev.Herbert R Peerless, Clerk, 9.1.1935, his widow being sole beneficiary.
2)Kate Harriet Peerless
Born 7 May 1859 Stockwell, London (3 Angel Place), baptised 1881 Clapham, London SW., died 13 Mar 1961 Reigate, Surrey (Raglans Hotel)
Married in 13.9.1883 Emile Victor Peyer (1858-1933), a spice & pepper merchant from Mincing Lane. Had issue.
3)Alice Amelia Peerless
Born 20 May 1861 Woodford, Essex (West Grove, Snakes La.), baptised 1881 Clapham, London SW., died 1932, 70 or 71 years
Married George Wm.Watts, a dentist from Maidstone, 2Q 1887, Holborn; had issue.
Born 12 Mar 1864 Woodford, Essex (West Grove, Snakes La.), died 1953, 88 or 89 years, bur. Forest Hill, SE. (Camberwell Cmty. - MI)
Married in 1889 Paul Emil Hellmann, a German; he was interned in WWI and died in 1917. Had issue.
5)Frederick William Peerless
Born 11 Feb 1866 Woodford, Essex (West Grove, Snakes La.), baptised 1909 Sutton, Surrey (Cavendish Lodge), died 5 May 1934 Golders Green, Middx. (115 Woodlands), 68 years. Occupations: Clothworker (1901)
Joined G R Peerless & Co. in 1881. Will dated 29.11.1909 proved 16.8.1934 at London; his widow Executor and sole beneficiary. No issue.
Born 19 Sep 1868 Woodford, Essex (West Grove, Snakes La.), baptised 1881 Clapham, London SW., died 1957, 88 or 89 years
Married Alfred Frank Kleinwort (later Kenilworth) (1865-1945) 2Q 1892, Wandsworth.
7)George Ernest Peerless
Born 8 Nov 1872 Woodford, Essex (West Grove, Snakes La.), baptised 1881 Clapham, London SW., died 5 Nov 1920 Ealing, Middx. (1 Hamilton Road), 47 years. Occupations: Master cloth worker(1991)
Joined G R Peerless & Co. Will proved 4.2.1921 at London; his widow Executor.
Born 3 Aug 1874 Camberwell, London SE. (18 The Terrace), baptised 1919 Streatham, SW16 (51 Stanthorpe Road), died 4Q 1956 Wandsworth, London SW., 81 or 82 years. Occupations: Stockbroker
In 1901 Census he was living with his parents at Clapham. In Jan 1919 the Land Registry confirmed his ownership of the freehold of a shop & dwelling house, 247 Streatham High Road, Wandsworth; at the time his own address was in Streatham.
9)Percy Walter Peerless
Born 14 Sep 1875 Camberwell, London SE. (18 The Terrace), baptised Clapham, London SW. (101 Rodenhurst Rd), died 28 Jan 1956 Streatham SW. (55 Tooting Bec Gardens), 80 years, bur. London SW. (South London Crematorium). Occupations: Umbrella manufacturer
Educ.Dulwich Coll. Joined Peak & Winch, tea merchants in the City, later apprenticed to architects, Barry & Hyams/Himes. Joined Frank Kleinwort, his brother-in-law, to make umbrella handles, walking sticks, etc, trading as Kleinwort, Peerless & Lewin of Clerkenwell, later Peerless, Lewin & Co. In Aug 1940 he and his sons Percy & Claude, trading as Peerless & Co, umbrella & sunshade manufacturers of Fouberts Place, W1, dissolved the partnership, Percy & Claude continuing. The firm prospered until sold, then closed down in 1972.