Charles Snewin 1790 – 1866

Charles Snewin ?1790 – 1866, was a British Timber Merchant, Director of Merchants and Tradesman (Life Assurance), Director of the Mutual (Life Assurance) Society, Secretary of the Darren Mining Company, who was an advocate of homeopathy, Member of the Management Committee of the London Homeopathic Hospital,

Snewin lived at Lloyd Square, London, and traded from Church Street, Bethnal Green,

In 1851, Snewin attended the Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the Charity:

The Annual Festival in aid of the funds of the Charity, and in commemoration of the opening of the London Homeopathic Hospital established in London, will be held at the Albion Tavern, Aldersgate Street, on Thursday, the 10th of April 1851, the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Hahnemann:

Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort in the chair.

STEWARDS: Henry William Paget Marquess of Anglesey, George Stanhope 6th Earl of Chesterfield, Arthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex, John Robert Townshend 1st Earl Sydney, John Gray 15th Lord Gray, Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden, Francis Arthur Gordon, Lord Clarence Paget, Lord Alfred Paget, Culling Charles Smith, Marmaduke Blake Sampson, Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, Nathaniel Barton, J. Askew, Henry Banister, Henry Bateman 1806-1880, Capt. Branford, F Blake, Hugh Cameron, Captain Chapman, H Cholmondeley, John Burgh Crampern, Edward Cromwell Disbrowe, W. Dutton, Edward Esdaile, W. M. Fache, Fr. Fuller, H Goez, John Gosnell, George Hallett, Edward Hamilton, J Huggins, P Hughes, John Peake Knight, Joseph Kidd, Thomas Robinson Leadam, Thomas Mackern, Victor Massol, J Mayne, Jas Bell Metcalfe, C T P Metcalfe, Samuel Thomas Partridge, T Piper, W Piper, R Pope, Henry Reynolds, Albert Robinson, Henry Rosher, C J Sanders, W Scorer, Rittson Southall, T Spicer, J Smith, C Snewin, Charles Trueman, Thomas Uwins, W. Watkins, J Wisewould, David William Witton, Stephen Yeldham, J G Young,

The responsibility of Stewards is limited to the dinner ticket, 21s., and gentlemen who will kindly undertake the office are respectfully requested to forward their names to any of the Stewards; or to the Hon. Secretary at the Hospital. 32. Golden-square.  Ralph Buchan, Hon. Sec.

Snewin’s business was seriously affected by the failure of Timber Brokers Skeene and Freeman in the commercial crisis in 1857 – 1858, and he had to surrender his estates to his creditors, with liabilities of £24,000. though he continued trading as a timber merchant,

Of interest:

It is possible that Charles Snewin (?or was this his father ?relative) was a publican in 1820, and that he made money from the foundation of the Shoreditch Independent Gas Company, who brought out his land to form the company, There is a record of the discharge of a bankruptcy for a Charles Snewin in 1826,

4 thoughts on “Charles Snewin 1790 – 1866”

  1. May I make some correction/addition to your entry?
    Charles was born c 1790 at Pountney, London, the 4th.. child of Philip Snewin, (Admitted to Joiners Company on 4 November 1788 after death of John Collins, on affidavit of Robert Collins and Richard Snewin that Apprenticeship completed. Subsequently, Freeman of City of London.) and Sarah Unknown.
    1810-1812, Shipping clerk for Hallett and Hardy, wholesale druggists
    1831:- Chas. Snewin, Timberyard, 116 Curtain Road, per Robsons London Directory, 1831.
    1840:- Occupation, Timber Merchant, living at 44, Seymour Street, Somers Town, St. Pancras.
    1844:- Timber Merchant, 11 Back Hill, Hatton Garden.
    1861 Census, living at 13 Lloyd Square, Amwell, Clerkenwell with wife Sophia, son Alfred George and daughter Emily Sophia. Occupation Timber Merchan
    He died in 1866, death registered at Islington, June Quarter, ONS ref. 1b 191
    His son, Charles Boyes Noel Snewin continued the Timber business at Back Hill, Hatton Garden as did his Grandson Herbert Charles Snewin until 1915 when the business was merged with another Timber Company and became Priday & Snewin

  2. Dear sir are you a relative of C.B.N.Snewin. if you are i am making some inquiries about a paperweight i have in my possesion. it is clear glass and has etched into the rear.


    Have you any idea what year they were manufactured and handed out or anything else you can tell me about it.

    yours hopingly john gardner

  3. I am related – 1st cousin 5 times removed. I assume the paperweight is a promotional item for the business when it was run by Charles Boyes Noel Snewin, the son of Charles above and, I would think, be dated between 1861 and 1869.
    Dick Snewin

  4. Hi Richard

    A bit late, I have just changed the dob and dod to your corrected dates – sorry it took me so long, but done now!!


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