Family History Notebook

Charles Butler

Son of Daniel Butler and Sarah Kelsey, baptised on the 15th of February 1813 at St Sepulchre

Married Susannah Sarah Lambert in 1842


Emma, born 1843/4 in Drury Lane, London
Susannah, born 1845/6 in Drury Lane, London
Charles, born 1847/8 in London
Helen, born 1849/50 in London
Harry, born 1854/5 in London
Walter, born 1857/8 in Surbiton, Surrey
Frederick, born 1859/60 in Surbiton, Surrey
Mabel, born 1864/5 in Surbiton, Surrey

?Died 1882

Together with Susannah's elder brother Charles Lambert,  Charles Butler founded the firm of Lambert and Butler selling cigars first in St John Street,  Clerkenwell7 and then from 1836 from their premises in Drury Lane. 6 Presumably Charles used the legacy from his father of £600 which he received when he was 21. They may have bought an existing business from William Collins and Samuel Fish8. Lambert and Butler became part of Imperial Tobacco in 1901 to fend off American Competition.


1    Living at 142 Drury Lane London in 1849  when his brother Daniel wrote his will.

2    1841 Tobacconist living in Farringdon Street with his brother Henry
       1861, 1871, 1881, tobacco manufacturer, living in Surbiton, Surrey.

3    The marriage of Charles Butler was registered in the fourth quarter of 1842 in Croydon (FreeBMD 4 57) The marriage of Susannah Sarah Lambert is listed on the same page.

4    The death of a Charles Butler aged 69 was registered in the second quarter of 1882 in Kingston (FreeBMD 2a 201).  The death of another Charles Butler aged 69 was registered in the third quarter of 1882 in Kingston (FreeBMD 2a 154).

5    Susannah Sarah Lambert was the daughter of Charles and Susan Lambert, baptised on the 9th of February 1823 in Beddington with Wallington, Surrey. A Charles Lambert, son of the same parents, was baptised there on the 12th of February 1814.

6    WD & HO Wills and the Development of the UK Tobacco Industry 1786-1965 by B.W.E. Alford
Published Taylor and Francis p137

"Typical of Wills' major competitors was Lambert and Butler; established as cigar makers in Clerkenwell in 1834, this firm moved to Drury Lane in 1836 and grew slowly until the 1860s, when it began to expand more rapidly under the able management of C.E. Lambert and Charles Butler jun. The total capital employed in the business in 1870 was £87,200, which made it not much smaller than Wills at £93,800. By 1880, however, Wills at £302,200 had begun to outstrip Lambert and Butler, which was then valued at £146,300"

Great Exhibition Official Catalogue 1851 page 29 South Gallery (Exhibitor) "40 Lambert & Butler 141, 142 Drury Lane - Tobacco from America, Havannah, Holland &c"

7    Lambert and Butler still had property at 38 St John Street in 1838.

Guildhall Library
Records of Sun Fire Office
MS 11936/556/1266842 22 January 1838
Insured: Messrs Lambert and Butler, 38 St John Street Clerkenwell, tobacco manufacturers

8    William Collins and Samuel Fish ran a tobacco manufacturing business in St John Street, Clerkenwell in 1828.

9    [Heywood House] was conferred to Walter Butler of Lambert and Butler tobacco firm who held it until the 1950ís when it was sold to the Honourable Anthony Samuel, of the famous English merchant bank  (cached)