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Name: Richard Simpson

Burial Number: 0500

Gender: Male

Occupation: Grocer; manufacturer of chemical dyes

Distinction: Chemical Dye Manufacturer

Born: 03/03/1822

Died: 22/04/1906

Buried: 28/04/1906


Richard Simpson 1822 – 1906

Aniline dye manufacturer, Richard Simpson was born in Kennington in 1822. He first worked in oil production before getting involved in the manufacturer of aniline from a distillation product of oil. Aniline was the first chemically based dye-stuff. Before aniline, dyes were made from plants giving only a limited range of colours. Aniline based dyes opened up the world of colouring textiles.  Different coloured dyes were chemically produced including an indigo colour used to make the now, iconic, denim cloth. Dyestuffs became commercially important and the famous Atlas Works was built in Hackney to manufacture dyes. Richard married Mary Liversedge Selby and their son, William Selby Simpson learned the family trade and later started his own successful business in aniline dyes.


Richard Simpson was born on 3rd March 1922 to John Simpson and his wife Elizabeth Harding and baptised on 5 April 1922 at St. Mary, Newington, Surrey. He had two siblings George (b. 1819) and William (b.1820).

Richard married Mary Liversedge Selby on 10th October 1844 in Kennington Surrey. Mary was the daughter of David and Mary. David was an oilman which was an industry connected to the dye industry. They lived in 32 Portman Place, Marylebone and Richard worked as a grocer employing 4 men. Mary’s brother, William, lived with them.

By 1871, Richard was a manufacturer living in Hackney at Mount Pleasant Lodge, with Mary and Mary’s mother and sister and 4 servants. In 1881, Richard and Mary lived in Queen’s Gardens, Brighton with Mary’s sister, Catherine and Richard’s niece Rosa. Still living at Queen’s Gardens, Richard had retired by 1891.

In 1901 Richard had moved to Beda, Shelley Road, Worthing with his sister-in-law and two servants. Mary died in 1900 and Richard remarried in 1905. He married Jane Letitia Williams on 24th June 1905 in Brighton, St. Peter. Jane was the 49 year old daughter of an army colonel.  Richard died in 1906 and was buried in Heene Cemetery on 28th April, 1906 leaving over £11000.

Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Richard Simpson

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 1 Plot: 8

Exact Location (what3words): voice.scan.moth

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Chains - Medieval thinkers sometimes held that a golden chain bound the soul to the body. Broken links on a headstone can mean the severance and subsequent release of the spirit from the body. Chains are also the insignia of the International Order of Odd Fellows, so called because of their dedication to giving the poor decent burials. This association can be clinched by the observation of the letters IOOF or FLT (Friendship, Love, Truth) either inside or near the chain.


In loving memory of Mary Liversedge the beloved wife of Richard Simpson who passed away September 11th 1900 aged 76 years "For thou didst blend the smile and tear, so take thy rest" "Farewell: Good night: God's will be done" and of Richard Simpson who died April 22nd 1906 aged 84 years.

Further Information


Name: Richard Simpson

Gender: Male

Born: 03/03/1822

Town: Kennington

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 10/10/1844

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Liversedge

Town of Marriage: Kennington

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 24/06/1906

Spouse First Name: Jane

Spouse Second Name: Letitia

Spouse Last Name: Williams

Town of Marriage: Brighton

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/04/1906

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Beda

Address line 3: Shelley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £11012 0 s 1 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 32 Portman Place, St. Marylebone: Richard Simpson aged 29 a grocer, Mary Simpson, wife aged 27, William Selby, aged 21 brother in law, and 2 servants.


Living at Mount Pleasant Lodge, Stamford Hill, Hackney: Richard Simpson, manufacturer aged 48, Mary his wife aged 47, Mary Selby, mother in law, aged 75, Catherine Selby, sister in law aged 55 and 4 servants


Living at 4 Queens Gardens, Brighton: Richard aged 59, aniline dye manufacturer, Mary, wife aged 57, Catherine D Selby, sister in law aged 45, Rosa Simpson, niece, aged 27 and 6 servants


Living at 4 Queens Gardens, Brighton: Richard aged 69, retired manufacturer, Mary his wife aged 67, Catherine D Selby, sister in law aged 54 and 5 servants


Living at Beda, Shelley Road, Worthing: Richard age 79 widowed, and Caroline D Selby, sister in law aged 60 and Mary H Shirref, visitor aged 35 and 2 servants.

Miscellaneous Information

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