H. C. Geldart, Esq., M.A., J.P., D.L.

H. C. Geldart, Esq., M.A., J.P., D.L., a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


For six centuries the Geldarts of Wensleydale and Coverdale have been a family of freeholders, and their numerous branches have risen to affluence, not only in their native Yorkshire, but in Liverpool, in the County of Norfolk and elsewhere. Mr Geldart, of Hemingford Grey and of Walden House, has worthily upheld the family traditions. He was born in 1840, and after a public school and University education, he studied for the Bar at the Inner Temple, where he was called to the Bar on 1st May 1865.

He has long retired from the active exercise of his profession, but his special aptitude has found recognition in his election as Chairman of Quarter Sessions, where his urbanity, his impartiality and his wide knowledge of law and of men are of great assistance to his brother magistrates. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Huntingdonshire.

Mr Geldart is a man of ripe culture, and imbued with the ethics of his University, where he studied at Trinity Hall, taking his B.A. degree in 1862, and that of M.A. six years later.

He served the ancient office of High Sheriff of the Counties of Huntingdon and Cambridge with much popular acceptance and great dignity in the year 1887, when he devoted himself to the due celebration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. Mr Geldart is heir presumptive to the estates of his brother, the Rev. James William Geldart, of Kirk Deighton and Biggin Grange, Co. York, L.L.M of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, Patron and Rector of Kirk Deighton, and Rural Dean of Wetherby. His own estates are inherited from his mother, as co-heir of her father, William Desborough, Esq., of Huntingdon and Hemingford Grey. Mr Geldart is energetic and active despite his years, and is a highly popular personality with his friends of all classes in the neighbourhood of the County town.

George Gaskell - circa 1900