Claudius George Algar was the elder child of Walter Algar (b.1830) and Mary Algar née Randleson (b.1828). He was born in Heybridge, Essex and his birth was registered in the 2nd quarter of 1860 in the Maldon registration district.
The 1861 census shows him living in Well House Terrace, Heybridge, with his parents and his father's occupation was recorded as an iron founder’s clerk. In the 1871 census he is shown living at London Road, Maldon, Essex, with his parents and his sister Augusta Annie Algar (1868-1884), together with a female general domestic servant.
He was described as a solicitor's articled clerk in the 1881 census living at 14 Oxford Road, Hornsey, with his parents, his sister and his cousin Eliza Algar (b.1856), together with a female general domestic servant.
On 9 July 1885 he requested to be admitted by redemption to the Freedom of the City of London in the Worshipful Company of Cooks. He claimed to be a solicitor living at 25 Oakfield Road, Finsbury and occupying premises at 17 Abchurch Lane in the City of London. His request was granted on 21 July 1885. In 1914 and again in 1915 he was elected as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.
In the 1891 census he was listed as a solicitor living at 38 Oakfield Road, Hornsey, with his parents together with a female general domestic servant.
On 17 February 1894 he married Emily Augusta Price (1869-1934) at St Matthew's Church, Brixton, where the marriage register confirms he was a solicitor residing at 4 Albany Road, Hornsey and giving his wife's address as 20 Solon Road, Clapham. They had two children, Marie Randleson Algar (b.1896) and Claudius Randleson Algar (1900-1988).
The 1901 census confirms he was still a solicitor and was living at 41 Mount View Road, Stroud Green, Hornsey, with his wife, their two children, together with a housemaid and a female general domestic servant. He was the Chairman of the County Lands Committee of the City of London in 1902 and also in this year his book entitled 'History Of The Bunhill Fields Burial Ground: With Some Of The Principal Inscriptions' was published.
He was still at the 41 Mount View Road address when the 1911 census was taken, residing there with his wife, their two children, together with a cook and housemaid.
Telephone directories show that from 1925 he was listed at Yattendon Lodge, Brighton Road, Horley, Surrey and probate records confirm this was his home address but that he died, aged 68 years, on 26 June 1928 at his business premises at 22 Martin Lane, City of London. Probate was granted jointly on 24 July 1928 to his widow and his son who was a barrister-at-law. His effects totalled £57,083-15s-11d.
Credit for this entry to: Andrew Behan.