H G Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946)

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Herbert George (H G) Wells
Born in Bromley, Kent, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 29 Oct 1891 (to 1894) in Wandsworth, All Saints, Surreymap
Husband of — married 1895 in Pancras, Middlesexmap
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Died in Regents Park, City of London, England, United Kingdommap
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His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 46 High Street, Bromley, in Kent,[8] on 21 September 1866. Called “Bertie” in the family, he was the fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time a shopkeeper and professional cricketer) and his wife, Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant).

In 1891, [1]Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells; the couple agreed to separate in 1894 [2]when he fell in love with one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins (later known as Jane), whom he married in 1895. [3]He had two sons with Jane: George Philip (known as "Gip") in 1901 (d.1985) and Frank Richard in 1903 (d.1982). The marriage lasted until her death in 1927.

Wells died of unspecified causes on 13 August 1946 at his home at 13 Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, London, aged 79. He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 16 August 1946, his ashes scattered at sea near Old Harry Rocks. A commemorative blue plaque in his honor was installed at his home in Regent's Park.

Census returns

  • 1871: Herbert Wells, age 4, born Bromley, Kent, England. Parents Joseph Wells (42) and Sarah Wells (43). Siblings Frances Wells (14), Frederick Wells (8). Resident 47 High Street , Bromley, Kent[4]
  • 1881: Herbert G . Wells, age 14, born Bromley, Kent, England. Boarder at grammar school, South Street, Midhurst, Sussex.[5]
  • 1891: Herbert G Wells, age 24, born Bromley, Kent, England; nephew of Mary Wells (age 54); resident 46 Fitzroy Road, St Pancras[6]
  • 1901: Herbert G Wells, age 34, born Bromley, Kent, England. Wife: Amy C Wells (28). Resident: Spade House, Sandgate.[7]
  • 1911: Herbert George Wells, age 44, born Bromley, Kent, England; resident 17 Church Row, Hampstead, London N W; wife Amy Catherine Wells (38); children George Philip Wells (9), Francis Richard Wells (7). [8]


  1. The marriage of Herbert George Wells (teacher) & Isabel Mary Wells was conducted on 29 October 1891 Wandsworth All Saints, Surrey [ London, England, Marriages and Banns, (1754-1921)]
  2. Wife's Pettion [U.K., Civil Divorce Records, (1858-1914)]
  3. GRO Marriage Index, Pancras Vol. 1b, Page 309 q December 1895
  4. 1871 England Census, ancestry.com. Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter and St Paul; Town: Bromley, Kent, England. Registration district: Bromley; Sub-registration district: Bromley; ED, institution, or vessel: 8; Household schedule number: 78; Piece: 873; Folio: 68; Page Number: 21.
  5. 1881 England Census, ancestry.com. Registration district: Midhurst; Civil Parish: Midhurst; ED, institution, or vessel: 9; Piece: 1131; Folio: 36; Page Number: 16
  6. 1891 England Census, ancestry.com. Registration district: Pancras; Sub registration district: Regent; ED, institution, or vessel: 24; Piece: 118; Folio: 137; Page Number: 14.
  7. 1901 England Census, ancestry.com. Civil Parish: Sandgate St Paul, Kent, England. Registration district: Elham; Sub-registration district: Folkestone; ED, institution, or vessel: 12; Piece: 848; Folio: 70; Page Number: 27; Household schedule number: 164
  8. 1911 England Census, ancestry.com, 1911 England Census, District 8 (Hampstead); ED, institution, or vessel: 6; Piece: 596.

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