Barker died on 16 December 1914.
Barker lived at The Grange, Rye Road, Bishop’s Stortford. Its grounds included what’s now Grange Park and Broadfield. His daughter Annie married Tresham Gilbey, considered one of many sons of Sir Walter Gilbey.
Barker was an Alderman of the first London County Council and Liberal MP for Maidstone 1900–1901, and for the now abolished constituency of Penryn and Falmouth in Cornwall from 1906 to 1910. He was awarded a baronetcy in 1908.
Barker began his career by working as a draper in Folkestone and Dover. In 1858, he labored for Spencer, Turner & Boldero in Marylebone, London. He subsequently labored for William Whiteley on Westbourne Grove in Bayswater, London. After Whiteley refused to affiliate with Barker, the latter decided to open a retailer on Kensington Excessive Road with Sir James Whitehead, 1st Baronet instead. As a final result, the two males primarily based Barkers of Kensington. It grew to grow to be a public agency known as John Barker & Co Ltd in 1894.
John Barker was born on 6 April 1840 in Free, Kent, England. He grew up in Maidstone, the place his father, Joseph Barker, was a brewer. He was apprenticed as a draper in Maidstone for 3 years.
Sir John Barker, 1st Baronet (6 April 1840 – 16 December 1914) was a British entrepreneur of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He was the founding father of the Barkers division retailer in Kensington, London, United Kingdom.
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