Descendant of man who donated Waterlow Park to public visits statue of ancestor

Chris Waterlow, a descendant of Sir Sydney Waterlow, who donated Waterlow Park and Lauderdale House

Chris Waterlow, a descendant of Sir Sydney Waterlow, who donated Waterlow Park and Lauderdale House into public benefit - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A descendent of Sir Sydney Waterlow – the man who donated Waterlow Park and Lauderdale House in Highgate to the public – paid a visit to sign copies of his new book which follows the history of his prolific family.

Chris Waterlow’s The House of Waterlow - A printer’s Tale recounts the family’s origins as descendants of immigrant Huguenot silk weavers to one of the most successful printing dynasties during the 19th century.

The company began by providing printing and stationery for legal firms and later printed the Radio Times for half a century.

But in the late 1920s the company was the victim of a major fraud case and never fully recovered.

On Sunday, Mr Waterlow visited the statue of his ancestor Sir Sydney, who bought the estate in 1865 before donating it to London County Council in 1889.


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Half the procceds from sales of Mr Waterlow’s new book will go towards the fundraising campaign to help restore Lauderdale House.

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