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Barlow, John Denman, 1898-1986 (MP)



  • Existence: 1898 - 1986


John Denman Barlow, the eldest son of Sir John Emmott Barlow and Lady Anna Maria Barlow (née Denman), was born on 15 June 1898. He was educated at Leighton Park School, a Quaker School in Reading, and at Haverford College, Pennsylvania, where he was sent with his brother, Thomas Bradwall Barlow, during the First World War. He worked initially for an accountancy firm and Henry Schroeder & Co. before joining the family firm, Thomas Barlow & Bro. He served as the Liberal Party Member of Parliament for Eddisbury between 1945 and 1949, and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Middleton and Prestwich between 1951 and 1966. Alongside his political career, he retained a lifelong involvement in the Barlow family businesses, serving as joint senior partner in Thomas Barlow & Bro. (from 1934) and as director of various related companies. He married Lady Diana Helen Kemp (1904-1986), the daughter of George Kemp, 1st Baron Rochdale, and Lady Beatrice Mary Kemp (née Egerton), on 27 June 1928, and settled at Bradwall Manor adjoining Bradwall Estate near Sandbach in Cheshire. They had four children: Jennifer Beatrice Barlow (1932- ), John Kemp Barlow (1934- ), George Bradwall Barlow (1938- ) and Mark Henry Denman Barlow (1938- ). He succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1932. He died on 5 January 1986 at the age of 87.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Papers of John Denman Barlow, 1889-1989

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Barlow of Thornby 4
Scope and Contents

Comprising personal papers, business papers, political papers, legal documents, financial, settlement and estate papers.

Dates: 1889-1989
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Subject to the terms of the donation, access to papers after 1969 requires the permission of Mr Henry S. Barlow ( Additionally, access to some items is restricted under data protection legislation. These restrictions are marked on the catalogue. Most of the papers are in good condition. In a few cases, where indicated, papers are currently awaiting conservation and therefore not available to readers.