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Sydney Simmonds

Person  Male  Born 1840 

Categories: Benefactor, Commerce

From Parish of Frien Barnet: "... born in Okehampton, Devon ... made a fortune from a patent carpet cleaning process. By 1891, Sydney and his wife Annie were living in Friern Barnet at their house Okehampton in Friern Park (its site now occupied by the flats of Okehampton Close). His generosity to the people of Friern Barnet in paying for the purchase of The Friary Estate to become a public park {Friary Park}, was matched by like generosity to the people of his birthplace. ... churchwarden of St James’s Church and, for a time, chairman of Friern Barnet Urban District Council, as well as being a Justice of the Peace. He was the founder and president of Friary Park bowling club and patron of the Scouts."

Founder of the Patent Steam Carpet Beating Company Ltd. Good friends with Sir William Treloar. Simmonds' wife, Annie, died in 1935.

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