Sir Philip Pilditch
Philip Edward Pilditch
12 August 1861
Compton, Plymouth, Devon, England
|Died||17 December 1948|
|Education||Cheveley Hall, Mannamead|
|Alma mater||King's College London|
|Occupation||architect and politician|
|Spouse(s)||Emily Mary Lewis|
|Parent(s)||Philip John Pilditch|
Emma Rosa Pilditch (née Willmott)
In 1907 Pilditch was elected to the London County Council, representing Islington East. He was a member of the Conservative-backed Municipal Reform Party which took control of the council from the Progressive Party which was allied to the Liberal Party. The Islington seat was marginal, and at the next council elections in 1910 he was returned for the safer electoral division of Strand. He held the seat in 1913 and remained on the council until 1919. He was a prominent member of the council, and served as vice-chairman in 1913–1914.
Pilditch held a commission in the 1st Sussex Volunteer Artillery, retiring with the rank of captain. During the First World War he was active in the raising of fifty battalions for the New Army in Surrey, Middlesex and London, and acted as honorary treasurer for the battalion funds.
Pilditch was elected to the House of Commons at the 1918 general election becoming the first member of parliament for the new constituency of Spelthorne in Middlesex. He held the seat at successive elections until he stood down in 1931. He had a great interest in the preservation of ancient monuments, helping to pilot the Ancient Monuments Act 1931 through parliament. He was also involved in the preservation of the Elizabethan architecture of his home town and served as the president of the Old Plymouth Society.
In 1888 he married Emily Mary Lewis, the daughter of a director of the National Provincial Bank. The couple had two sons and a daughter, Mabel Emily who married Major Henry Hammick. He established the business of Pilditch and Chadwick, surveyors and architects, of which he was head.
References and sourcesEdit
- "Obituary: Sir Philip Pilditch". The Times. 20 December 1948. p. 6.
- "PILDITCH, Sir Philip (Edward)". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom (59 ed.). London: Spottiswoode, Ballanytne & Co. Ltd. 1919.
- The London County Council Election, Great Municipal Reform Victory, The Times, 4 March 1907, p.6
- London County Council Election, The Times, 7 March 1910, p.7
- London County Council Election, The Times, 7 March 1913, p.10
- "No. 30607". The London Gazette. 2 April 1918. p. 4027.
- "No. 33516". The London Gazette. 12 July 1929. p. 4622.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Sir Philip Pilditch
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Spelthorne
Sir Reginald Blaker
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baronet
(of Bartropps in the parish of Weybridge in the County of Surrey)
Philip Harold Pilditch