Sir (Richard) Walter Essex (13 January 1857 – 15 September 1941) was a British businessman and Liberal Party politician.
The Essex family lived at Dixcot, 8 North Drive Streatham (Image below 1960) Richard (born in Pimlico), his wife Lizzie (b 1856 in Newcastle), daughters Mabel, Irene and Norah.
The eldest son of John Essex, he established a wallpaper printing business of Essex Mills, Battersea.
The company was taken over by Arthur Sanderson. Arthur Sanderson and Sons was awarded the Royal Warrant as Purveyors of Wallpapers to the King in 1923