Printer and engineer. Born in Bermondsey, where in 1801 he set up the Bluecoat Boy Printing Office, producing books and commercial stationery. He is noted for introducing 'composition rollers' which speeded up the printing process by automating the application of the ink. He was one of the first parish guardians appointed after the passing of the Poor Law Act in 1834.
Robert owned a printing press factory in the City and was a church warden of St Antholin Church. When it was decided that the steeple was unsafe and had to be taken down Harrild bought it for £5 and had it installed in his garden at Round Hill House, Sydenham, as you do. This information comes from IanVisits where you will find more details.
Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk