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Rowland Hilder

Rowland Hilder

Male 1905 - 1993  (87 years)

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  • Name Rowland Hilder 
    Born 28 Jun 1905  Long Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth 26 Aug 1905  Long Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Autobiography 1980 
    • Rowland Hilder, "The development of a landscape artist" in The Countryman (Autumn 1980)

      I was born in Great Neck, Long Island, USA of British parents. Each summer I came with my parents to England where we stayed for two or three months. Much of that time I spent with my grandparents in Birling, Kent, so that at an early age I was introduced to the delights of the Kentish countryside and to sea travel on the great ocean liners. We returned to England early in 1915, sailing on the Lusitania; the last trip before she was finally sunk in the Irish Sea by a U-boat.

      I spent the war years in New Cross, London, from where I was able to cycle to the River Thames at Greenwich, and to make excursions to the Kentish countryside. My father was a keen amateur watercolour painter, so on his return from active service I had little difficulty in persuading him to let me attend the nearby Goldsmiths' College School of Art as soon as I was allowed to leave day school at the age of sixteen.
    Occupation Artist 
    Residence Sevenoaks, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1993  Greenwich Registration District, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1366  Main Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2018 

    Father Roland Hilder,   b. 21 Jan 1884, Scrubbs Lane, Maidstone W., Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Kate Mildred Fissenden,   b. 1882, Birling, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1905  Bromley Registration District, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edith Elizabeth Blenkiron,   b. 11 Nov 1904, Newcastle upon Tyne Registration District, Northumberland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1992, Greenwich Registration District, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F344  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    The Lane
    The Lane

  • Notes 
    • In an article in "Bygone Kent", vol.15 no.7 pp.379-387, details of Rowland Hilder's biography are given. His father was a butler in the USA. Rowland was an artist who specialised in the Kent countryside and waterside. He illustrated Shell Guides and was appointed an OBE in 1986. The article also mentions a hamlet called Hilders which is near Birling, near Maidstone. In East Sussex a Hilder's Farm has been in existence since Domesday. The Hilders were apparently yeoman farmers, with a succession of artists appearing through the years.

  • Sources 
    1. [S112] Civil Registration Death Indexes 1837-, General Register Office, death registration of Rowland Hilder, 04/93, born 28 Jun 1905, age 88, Greenwich B58 17 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S205] FreeBMD, (www.freebmd.org.uk;), marriages of Roland Hilder and Kate Mildred Fissenden share reference Bromley 2a 625, March quarter 1905 (Reliability: 3).