Henry Roydhouse Invitation to Dinner

The ancestor I would most like to invite to dinner is my great x 5 grandfather, Henry.Surely over a glass of wine and a platter of cheese hewould tell me exactly where his father Thomas was born in Yorkshire!

Henry Roydhouse was christened on the 14th of December, 1730 at St. James, Westminster.His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth. They came from Yorkshire to London after they married.Thomas died before  1750, Elizabeth’s will identified her as a widow at that time.

On the 31st August, 1749 Henry  married Ann Appleby, of Beenham, Berkshire at Fleet according to the Rules of the Prison. It was at that time a debtors prison.If you owed more than 100 pounds you were forced into debtors prison until your debts were paid off. I believe Henry speculated with buildings and property at this time—you had to have money to lose it!

No children were recorded for this marriage until 1760, perhaps reflecting the length of time it took Henry to pay his debts off.

Elizabeth was christened on the 30th July 1760 at Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire.

James was christened there in 1763..James married Mary Ann Smiths in 1792 and died in 1827. Mary remarried Walter Mapperley. No children found.

William was christened in 1766.He married Christiana Buckland, was a butcher with own shop on Oxford Street, they had no children. He died in 1825.Christiana left an annuity for her brother-in-law of 20 pounds per annum for the term of his natural life.

Ann was christened on the 28th April 1767 at Westminster, and died in 1769.

 John was born before 1768, married Mary Graynes in 1788.

Henry was a carpenter, and in partnership with William Richmond  leased land and built houses on a street in Percy Street, Camden, London from Francis and William Goodge. They were granted leases on the south side in 1764 and the north side in 1766, with 14 homes to their credit.Unfortunately for Henry, this enterprise left him declared bankrupt in 1768.(reported in :The London Magazine, or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer Volume 37  July 1768)


Joseph was christened on the 16th March 1770 at St Pancras, and died on the 17th march 1772.

Thomas was christened in 1772 at Hackney. He married Sarah Clark 13th Nov 1809 at Shoreditch, St Leonards. He died on 16th Sept 1851.

Harriott was christened on the 15th August 1777 at Lambeth, Surrey. She died as a young baby.

Henrys death at age 48 is recorded in Southwark in 1778, at that time an extremely poor area.

His wife Ann appears to have drowned in the Thames 30 September 1792.


Francis Goodge and William Goodge granted building leases of land on the south side of Percy Street in1764and on the north side in 1766, in 1770 28 houses were complete. A lease for 63 years was demised to William Richmond and Henry Roydhouse in 1764.A partnership between them and William Franks and J Pritchet developed the following 14 properties between 1764 and 1770:

Numbers 12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20, 28,29,30,32,33

All buildings are described as  terraced houses with multi coloured stock brick,  stucco ground floor with plain bands. They have a slated mansard roof with dormers. The buildings have 3 storeys with 3 windows at each level.

The plans of all the houses in Percy Street seem to have been alike, the ground floor having a front room and an entrance hall, east or west of it, with an archway leading to the staircase behind and a back room narrower than that in front. The stairs are not all exactly alike; they are of doglegged type and mostly have cut strings with brackets carved on the end of the steps. Many of the houses have had modern shop-frontage installed and a few now include a 4th storey also.

Author: gorcat28

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