Montagu Sharpe

Sir Montagu Sharpe KBE DL (28 October 1857 – 23 August 1942) was an English politician, lawyer, amateur archaeologist, antiquarian, and ornithologist. He came from an old Middlesex family that owned Hanwell Park. He was a member of the Middlesex County Council from its founding in 1889 and a justice of the peace for Middlesex. He was knighted in 1922 and also became a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex. Sharpe served as chairman of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds from 1896 to 1942. He was very active in the introduction of the Importation of Plumage (Prohibition) Bill and involved in framing initial drafts,[1] see Plume hunting.

Sharpe was born at Hanwell to Lt Cmdr Benjamin Sharpe of the Royal Navy and his wife Marianne Fanny Montagu. Marianne was the daughter of the Rev. Montague of Swaffam, Norfolk. Sharpe studied law and was called to the bar, Gray's Inn, in 1889. Sharpe wrote a local history, Middlesex in British, Roman and Saxon Times (1919), in which he suggested that the Roman system of centuriation could be seen in the layout of old manors, but his idea was viewed skeptically by other historians of the period.[2] Later studies have pointed out that his evidence was weak.[3]

Sharpe was a Freemason, serving as Grand Deacon of the United Grand Lodge of England. He was the founder of Haven Lodge in Ealing, Horsa Dun Lodge in Middlesex and Hanwell Lodge, Ealing.

Montagu Sharpe
Sir Montagu Sharpe, c. 1923


  1. ^ Feathers and Facts. London: RSPB. 1911. p. 14.
  2. ^ Sharpe, Montagu (1918) “Centuriation in Middlesex” English Historical Review, 33:489–492.
  3. ^ Peterson, J.W.M. (1990). "Roman cadastres in Britain. II. Eastearn A.Signs of a large System in the northern English home counties". Dialogues d'histoire ancienne. 16 (2): 233–272.

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Hanwell () is a town in the London Borough of Ealing, in the historic County of Middlesex, England. It is about 2.5 km west of Ealing Broadway. It is the westernmost location of the London post town.

Hanwell Park

Hanwell Park was a farming estate in west London. The estate was finally broken up by 1886 after Sir Montagu Sharpe had sold the holding he had inherited.Brent Valley golf club was formed from the estate of The Grove - a landed estate of 29 acres formed on the breakup of the much larger Hanwell Park estate in 1837 and enfranchised in 1860. Nearby is Cuckoo Hill, the site of a battle between Romano-British and Saxons in the sixth century known as Blood(y) Croft and this bloodshed is a suggested origin of the name Hanwell; haenwael being a slaughter on high ground. The graves of seven Saxon leaders were found on this site in 1886 along with broken spearheads. The land was then built upon with Edwardian housing in 1905 when the London United Tramways Company was at last allowed to run trams through Ealing borough in 1901, causing a further wave of housing development in the area.

London and Middlesex Archaeological Society

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Middlesex County Council

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Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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Sharpe (surname)

Sharpe is a surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may refer to:

In government:

Alfred Sharpe (1853–1935), British colonial administrator

George Sharpe (politician) (c. 1907 – 1985), Canadian politician, mayor of Winnipeg

George H. Sharpe (1828–1900), American lawyer, soldier, secret service officer, diplomat and politician

Horatio Sharpe (1718–1790), British Royal Governor of Maryland

James Sharpe (Australian politician)

Larry Sharpe (politician) (born 1968), American business consultant and political activist

Merrill Q. Sharpe, American politician

Montagu Sharpe (1857–1942), English lawyer and antiquarian

Penny Sharpe, Australian politician

Peter Sharpe (1777–1842), American politician, Representative from New York

Roger Sharpe, American author and politician, former member of the North Carolina Senate

Thomas Sharpe (politician) (1866–1919), Canadian politician, mayor of Winnipeg

William Sharpe (politician) (1742–1818), U.S. lawyer and politician

William R. Sharpe, Jr. (1928–2009), American member of the West Virginia SenateIn sports:

Albert Sharpe (American football) (1877–1966), American athlete and coach

Bud Sharpe, American baseball player

David Sharpe, British runner

David Sharpe (American football), American football player

Dougie Sharpe, Scottish footballer

Duncan Sharpe, Pakistani cricketer

Harry Sharpe, English footballer

Jimmy Sharpe, American college football coach

John Sharpe (cricketer), (1866–1936), English cricketer

Lee Sharpe, (born 1971), English footballer

Luis Sharpe, American NFL football player

Mike Sharpe, American wrestler

Nathan Sharpe, Australian rugby union player

Phil Sharpe (cricketer) (1936–2014), English cricketer

Phil Sharpe (footballer) (born 1968), English footballer

Ricky Sharpe (American football), American football player

Shannon Sharpe (born 1968), U.S. American football player

Sterling Sharpe (born 1965), U.S. American football player

Tony Sharpe, Canadian sprinter

Wendy Sharpe (footballer) (born 1963), New Zealand football playerAcademics:

Alexander Sharpe (1814–1890), English philologist

Daniel Sharpe (1806–1856), English geologist

Eric J. Sharpe, Australian scholar of religious studies

Kevin Sharpe (historian) (1949–2011)

Richard Sharpe (historian)

Richard Bowdler Sharpe, (1847–1909), English zoologist

Robert Sharpe, Canadian lawyer, author, academic, and judge

Samuel Sharpe (scholar) (1799–1881), Egyptologist and translator of the Bible

William F. Sharpe, (born 1934), U.S. economist and inventor of the Sharpe ratioIn the arts:

Allan Sharpe (1949–2004), Scottish actor, theatre director and playwright

Albert Sharpe, Irish stage and film actor

Avery Sharpe, American jazz musician

Bill Sharpe, British musician

Craig Sharpe, contestant on Canadian Idol 4

Don Sharpe (died in 2004), sound editor

Lennox Sharpe (born 1963), Trinidad and Tobago steelband composer

Matthew Sharpe (born 1962), U.S. novelist

Tom Sharpe, (born 1928), English satirical author of the novel Wilt

Wendy Sharpe, (born 1960), Australian artistFictional characters:

Chris Sharpe, a character in Degrassi: The Next Generation

in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful

Deacon Sharpe

Macy Alexander Sharpe

Miriam Sharpe, in the Marvel Comics universe

Richard Sharpe (fictional character), central character in the novel and television series Sharpe

Steven Sharpe III, alias The Gambler, a member of the Golden Age Green Lantern's rogues' gallery.

Thomas and Lucille Sharpe, principal characters in Crimson PeakOther:

Charles Richard Sharpe, English recipient of the Victoria Cross

Edmund Sharpe, (1809–1877), English architect and engineer

Henry Granville Sharpe (1858–1947), Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army

John Sharpe (Australian murderer)

Karen Sharpe (born 1934), American former actress

Mal Sharpe (born 1936), U.S. radio and TV personality

Samuel Sharpe, 19th century Jamaican missionary and revolutionary

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