Henry B. Wheatley

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Henry Benjamin Wheatley FSA (1838 – 30 April 1917) was a British author, editor, and indexer. His London Past and Present was described as his most important work and "the standard dictionary of London."[1]


Family grave of Henry Benjamin Wheatley in Highgate Cemetery

He was a posthumous son of Benjamin Wheatley, an auctioneer, and his wife Madalina; the bibliographer Benjamin Robert Wheatley was his brother, and passed on expertise.[2]

Wheatley was Assistant Secretary to Royal Society of Arts, 1879–1909; founding member (1903) and President of the Samuel Pepys Club, 1903–10; Vice-President of the Bibliographical Society, 1908–10, and its President 1911–13.[3] In 1909 he was the President of the Sette of Odd Volumes, an English bibliophile dining-club.[4][5]

He is buried in a family grave on the eastern side of Highgate Cemetery.



  • Gomme, G. L. (1884). "Folk-Lore Terminology". Folk-Lore Journal. 2: 340–347. doi:10.1080/17442524.1884.10602756.
  • "Celebrated Birthplaces: Samuel Johnson at Lichfield". The Antiquary: 233–239. December 1884.
  • "Post-Restoration Quartos of Shakespeare's Plays". The Library. Third Series. 4 (15): 237–269. July 1913.


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  1. ^ "The London Topographical Society: A brief account" by Stephen Marks in The London Topographical Record, 1980, pp. 1-10.
  2. ^ Lee, J. D. "Wheatley, Henry Benjamin". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/38397. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "The Bibliographical Society -- Past Presidents". Archived from the original on 4 August 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  4. ^ "The father of British indexing: Henry Benjamin Wheatley" by J. D. Lee
  5. ^ "Wheatley, Henry Benjamin". Who's Who: 2259. 1912.
  6. ^ "Review: The Story of London by Henry B. Wheatley". The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art. 98: 369. 17 September 1904.

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