On This Day 10th July 1813 Sir Arthur Helps was born
Sir Arthur Helps KCB HonDCL (10 July 1813 – 7 March 1875) was an English writer and dean of the Privy Council.
The youngest son of London merchant Thomas Helps, Arthur Helps was born in Streatham and the family lived in Balham, a small hamlet within the Streatham Parish. He lived in Balham House
in 1860 he was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council on the recommendation of Lord Granville. This appointment brought him into personal communication with The Queen and The Prince Consort, both of whom came to regard him with confidence and respect.
In 1862 he established the Bishops Waltham Clay Company for the manufacture of bricks and terracotta.
Sir Arthur Helps, KCB in 1858, by George Richmond.©National Portrait Gallery
Family Tomb in St Leonard's churchyard