BACON, Henry Francis

1831 - 1902

Henry Francis Bacon was born at George Street, Bermondsey, London on 12 December 1831 and baptised at St George the Martyr, Southwark, London on 21 October 1832, son of William Thomas Bacon (1797-1862), a fishmonger, and his wife Sarah Ann née Carter, who married at St Mary, Newington on 31 August 1822. In 1851, Henry was a 19-year-old architect, living at Billingsgate, St Mary-at-Hill, City of London with his parents, 54-year-old William and 48-year-old Sarah Ann, with siblings William Thomas 27, George Alfred 21, both fishmongers, Hannah Maria 17, Eliza 14, Stephen Frederick 5, all born in London. In 1871, Henry was a 39-year-old architect, living at Sidcup Park, Chislehurst with his widowed mother and Henry married at St Mary's, Standon, Hertfordshire on 8 October 1872, Maria England Woodcock (1845-1915). He seems to have been in partnership with Edward Ingress Bell (7 February 1837–30 August 1914) in Craven Street, Strand when they exhibited some architectural drawings at the Royal Academy in 1879, Bell had already worked on St James’s Church, Icklingham, Suffolk in 1865. In 1881, Henry was a 49-year-old architect, living at 25 Hatter Street, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk with his 35-year-old wife Maria, born at Ware with their children Nancy 7, Charles William 5, Constance Mary 4 and 2-year-old Francis Edward, all born at Chislehurst, Kent, they had four more children John Collingwood 1882, Hilda Frances 1885, Dorothy Felicite 1887 and Phyllis born 1890. In 1882 he exhibited at the Bury St Edmund's Fine Art Society held at John William Clarke's Photographic Rooms, Bury St Edmund's. By 1891 Henry Francis Bacon had moved to Clifton Villas, Lansdowne Road, Aldershot, Farnham, Hampshire and by 1901 to St Peter's Hospital, 40 East Hill, Wandsworth where Henry Francis Bacon died on 3 July 1902.

Royal Academy Exhibits
as H.F. Bacon and E.I. Bell
from 17 Craven Street, Strand
1879 1150 The Windsor and Eton Albert Institute - architectural drawing