Sir John Kelk, 1st Baronet

John Kelk
Sir John Kelk, 1st Baronet (16 February 1816 – 12 September 1886) was a British Conservative Party politician, builder and public works contractor.wikipedia
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Millwall Dock

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Alongside these, he built the Millwall Dock with John Aird & Co., but this venture caused significant financial difficulty after the crash of Overend, Gurney and Company.
The scheme was developed speculatively by a partnership of John Kelk and John Aird & Co. The engineer responsible for designing the scheme was Sir John Fowler.

John Johnson (architect, born 1807)

John Johnson
Kelk's palace was designed by Owen Jones, but its architect was John Johnson; Lucas and Kelk provided a third of the finance required, with the remaining funds being provided by the London Finance Association, and some by an entrepreneur named Rodonachi, who later withdrew from the project.
He was regularly employed by the civil engineer Sir John Kelk to design the homes and public buildings he funded.

Kelk baronets

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This monument, inaugurated in 1872, saw him, and its architect George Gilbert Scott, offered a knighthood; while Scott accepted, Kelk refused, perhaps seeking the baronetcy he later obtained from Benjamin Disraeli on 16 May 1874 - the title was inherited by his son on his death in 1886.
It was created on 16 May 1874 for the civil engineering contractor and former Member of Parliament for Harwich, John Kelk.

Harwich (UK Parliament constituency)

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Kelk was elected MP for Harwich in 1865 but did not seek re-election when the seat was reduced to one member in 1868.

Great Britain

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Sir John Kelk, 1st Baronet (16 February 1816 – 12 September 1886) was a British Conservative Party politician, builder and public works contractor.

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Sir John Kelk, 1st Baronet (16 February 1816 – 12 September 1886) was a British Conservative Party politician, builder and public works contractor.

Thomas Cubitt

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Kelk started his career, after a commercial education, as an apprentice of builder Thomas Cubitt, with whom he later had fierce competition, and then went into partnership with William Newton.

Grosvenor Square

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Upon Newton's retirement, he amalgamated the business with another Mayfair builder, John Elger, and then worked on rebuilding houses in Grosvenor Square, and churches St Michael's, Chester Square, and All Saints, Margaret Street.

Chester Square

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Upon Newton's retirement, he amalgamated the business with another Mayfair builder, John Elger, and then worked on rebuilding houses in Grosvenor Square, and churches St Michael's, Chester Square, and All Saints, Margaret Street.

All Saints, Margaret Street

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Upon Newton's retirement, he amalgamated the business with another Mayfair builder, John Elger, and then worked on rebuilding houses in Grosvenor Square, and churches St Michael's, Chester Square, and All Saints, Margaret Street.

Kneller Hall

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Twickenham

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Geological Museum

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Jermyn Street

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

James Pennethorne

Sir James Pennethorne
He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Carlton Club

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Pall Mall, London

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He also built Kneller Hall in Twickenham, the Museum of Practical Geology in Jermyn Street, designed by James Pennethorne, from 1849 to 1851, and in 1854 was involved in the reconstruction of the Carlton Club in Pall Mall.

Albert Memorial

His firm was the main contractor for the Albert Memorial, a task which saw him "striking terror into at least one of the sculptors".

George Gilbert Scott

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This monument, inaugurated in 1872, saw him, and its architect George Gilbert Scott, offered a knighthood; while Scott accepted, Kelk refused, perhaps seeking the baronetcy he later obtained from Benjamin Disraeli on 16 May 1874 - the title was inherited by his son on his death in 1886.

Benjamin Disraeli

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This monument, inaugurated in 1872, saw him, and its architect George Gilbert Scott, offered a knighthood; while Scott accepted, Kelk refused, perhaps seeking the baronetcy he later obtained from Benjamin Disraeli on 16 May 1874 - the title was inherited by his son on his death in 1886.

Surrey Commercial Docks

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During this period, he built the Commercial Dock Company's south dock in Rotherhithe, and was a partner in the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, which produced the Royal Navy's first seafaring ironclad warship HMS Warrior in 1860, and the ironwork for Blackfriars Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge.

Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company

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During this period, he built the Commercial Dock Company's south dock in Rotherhithe, and was a partner in the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, which produced the Royal Navy's first seafaring ironclad warship HMS Warrior in 1860, and the ironwork for Blackfriars Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge.

Royal Navy

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During this period, he built the Commercial Dock Company's south dock in Rotherhithe, and was a partner in the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, which produced the Royal Navy's first seafaring ironclad warship HMS Warrior in 1860, and the ironwork for Blackfriars Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge.

Ironclad warship

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During this period, he built the Commercial Dock Company's south dock in Rotherhithe, and was a partner in the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company, which produced the Royal Navy's first seafaring ironclad warship HMS Warrior in 1860, and the ironwork for Blackfriars Railway Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge.