Henry Herbert Wills

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Henry Herbert 'Harry' Wills (20 March 1856 – 11 May 1922) was a businessman and philanthropist from Bristol.

He was the son of Henry Overton Wills III and Alice Hopkinson and was born in Clifton, Bristol. He was educated at Clifton College. He was a member of the board for the Imperial Tobacco Company.

His name is particularly associated with Bristol University. He was responsible for meeting the funding needed to build Wills Hall, a hall of residence for Bristol University students.[1] He also funded the building of the H. H. Wills Physics Laboratory situated in Royal Fort Gardens.[2] With his brother George Alfred Wills, he was responsible for the building of the Wills Memorial Building, a landmark building of Bristol University, in memory of his father.[3]

He was appointed High Sheriff of Somerset for 1910.[4]

Residence - Barley Wood, Wrington, Somerset.


Documents relating to H.H. Wills are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. 43050) (online catalogue). Bristol Record Office also holds records of H.H. Wills' family business, W.D. & H.O. Wills (Ref. 38169) (online catalogue). Records of Imperial Tobacco are held by Liverpool Record Office.[5]