Sydney William Anstee (HR 18)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Houghton Regis Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Houghton Regis Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

HR 18. Sydney William Anstee: He was born on 22 May 1871 in Luton to parents William Alexander Anstee (HR 12) and Mary Jane Timms. His father died when he was an infant so in 1881 he was living with his mother and ‘Timms’ grandparents at Tanners End Farm, Toddington. He married Blanche M. M. Hitchman in 1897 in Northampton and they had children:

  • Sydney Charles Anstee (HR 34 – b 30 July 1898 Holborn, served during World War One);
  • Vera Blanche Anstee (b 31 August 1901 Finsbury, was at St Andrew Higher Grade Secondary Boys School, Worthing in 1911 – father confirmed as ‘Sydney William’. She then attended James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich in 1914);
  • Hubert York Anstee (b 1 July 1910 Eastbourne – married Mary Ethel Aubry [Arbry] in 1939 in Lambeth)

In 1901 the family were living at 5, Ravey Street, Shoreditch where he was a builder’s manager – we cannot locate the family in the 1911 Census but they were very likely living at Palmerston Villa, Crescent Road or 5 Royal Parade Eastbourne (where they were in the 1911 Electoral Register). By the 1939 Register Sydney, his wife Blanche and their son Herbert were living at 173 Tulse Hill, West Dulwich, Lambeth where he was still a builder’s manager.

The ‘Norwood News‘ 18 June 1937 reported “A BUILDER’S FAILURE Position Attributed to Bad Debts The first meeting of creditors under the failure of Messrs. Anstee and Co., builders, Tulse Hill, was held on Tuesday at the London Bankruptcy Buildings, Carey-street, W.C. Debtor, Mr. Sydney William Anstee, states that he has been connected with the building trade for over fifty years, and that in 1909, after having engaged in speculative building, he executed deed of assignment. In 1915 he recommenced business at Union Court, E.C., and nine months later joined forces with another builder. They formed Chilcott and Anstee, Ltd., which company went into voluntary liquidation in August, 1934. Debtor subsequently carried on by himself in a small way and attributes his present position to bad debts. The liabilities are roughly estimated at £400, against assets of doubtful value. The case remained in the hands of the Official Receiver.

He died in 1949 in Hackney and his widow Blanche died in 1952 in Hackney.

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