Blades was born in Sydenham and educated at King's College School. In 1886 he joined the family printing business, Blades, East & Blades Ltd, which had been founded by his grandfather, rising to become its chairman.
In 1913 he was elected to the Corporation of London. He served as Sheriff of London from 1917 to 1918 and during his term of office was knighted when the King and Queen visited the City of London to celebrate their silver wedding.
On 23 April 1918 he was co-opted as a member of the London County Council for the Municipal Reform party.
In 1918 he was elected to Parliament for Epsom and held the seat until 1928, when he resigned by taking the Chiltern Hundreds. He was created a Baronet in the 1922 New Year Honours and appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in September 1927. In 1928 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Ebbisham, the old name of Epsom.
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