Richard Allen Building

Allen, Richard (1803–86), philanthropist and anti-slavery and temperance campaigner, was born 8 January 1803 at Harold’s Cross, Dublin, into a quaker family, fourth child and second son among fifteen children of Edward Weston Allen, draper, and Ellen/Eleanor Allen (née Burton), and was educated by a tutor. In 1820 he entered his father’s firm, famous for the beauty of its linens and muslins; in 1830 he established his own drapery at 25 High St. and added tailoring, aspiring to make clothes available at reasonable prices. His business nearly failed c.1844 owing to his preoccupation with philanthropic activities. Read More