Harold Samuel, Baron Samuel of Wych Cross

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Not to be confused with Harold Samuel.

Harold Samuel, Baron Samuel of Wych Cross (23 April 1912 - 28 August 1987) was the founder of Land Securities, one of the United Kingdom's largest property companies.

Career[edit]

Born in Finchley and educated at Mill Hill School and the College of Estate Management at Lincoln's Inn Fields, Harold Samuel initially trained to be a surveyor.[1]

He established himself as an estate agent but then in 1944 he acquired Land Securities Investment Trust, a small property concern owning three modest properties.[1] After World War II he focused on securing bomb sites in Plymouth, Exeter, Hull, Coventry and Bristol and redeveloping them.[1] He built the business into one of the largest companies on the London Stock Exchange.[1]

He was knighted in 1963[2][3] and was created a Life Peer on 3 July 1972 taking the title Baron Samuel of Wych Cross, of Wych Cross in the County of Sussex.[4][5]

He died in 1987.[1]

Other interests[edit]

Harold Samuel was an avid art collector: his collection of Dutch paintings was donated to the Mansion House Art Collection after his death.[6] He also became a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge[1] and University College, London.[1]

Family[edit]

He married Edna Nedis in 1936 and they went on to have three daughters.[1]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dutch and Flemish Seventeenth-Century Paintings: The Harold Samuel Collection, Cambridge University Press, 1992 ISBN 978-0-521-41795-2