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The memorial to Richard Down, St James the Great, Friern Barnet.
The monument to Richard Down's children at St James the Great.

Richard Down (20 April 1734 – 26 July 1814) was an English banker of Bartholomew Lane in the City of London.

Early life and familyEdit

Richard Down was born in 1734 in Tiverton, Devonshire. In 1772, he married Rose Neale at St James the Great, Friern Barnet. Rose was the daughter of Henry Neale, the former owner of Halliwick Manor who lost the manor house when he was made bankrupt.[1]

CareerEdit

Death and legacyEdit

Down died on 26 July 1814 at the age of 80 and is memorialised in a plaque at the east end of the aisle of St James's church inside the choir vestry.[1] His wife and six of his children are additionally memorialised in a plaque by the sculptor John Bacon the younger.[2] His Will is held by the British National Archives at Kew.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Lords of the Manor". John Philpott, Friern Barnet Newsletter, Number 44 (February 2011), pp. 1-2.
  2. ^ A History of the County of Middlesex, Volume 6
  3. ^ Will of Richard Down, Banker of Bartholomew Lane, City of London. The National Archives. Retrieved 26 April 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Richard Down at Wikimedia Commons