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Family of George BENNETT and sarah ANNE

Husband: George BENNETT (c. 1833- )
Wife: sarah ANNE ( - )
Children: Oliver Moore BENNETT (1865-1935)
George BENNETT ( - )
Lydia Mary BENNETT (1869-aft1929)
Annie BENNETT (1860-aft1929)
Katharine BENNETT ( -aft1929)

Husband: George BENNETT

Name: George BENNETT
Sex: Male
Father: William BENNETT ( - )
Mother: Mary BENNETT ( - )
Birth c. 1833
Residence Derby, Derbyshire, England
Moved from Henley on Thames
Census 1851 (age 18)
Census 1861 (age 28)
Residence 1861 (age 27-28) Derby, Derbyshire, England
13 North Parade
a Georgian terrace in the Strutts Park area of Derby, a house with four storeys, high ceilings and a garden that stretched down to the River Derwent.
Occupation 1864 (age 30-31) -
Irongate, Derby
George bought ironmongers Weatherhead Walters & Co. and started a large business. In 1827,8,9, and in 1843 Weatherhead Walters & Co. were listed as gunmsmiths, Silversmiths & jewelers.
Census 1871 (age 38)
Ironmonger employing 11 staff
Own Ref: Ironmonger

Wife: sarah ANNE

Name: sarah ANNE
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth henley on Thames, England

Child 1: Oliver Moore BENNETT


Lillian Speed? at Thomas Speed's wedding in 1895

Name: Oliver Moore BENNETT1,2
Sex: Male
Spouse: Lillian Elizabeth SPEED (1886-1959)
Birth 1865 Derby, Derbyshire, England1,2
13 North Parade
Born in family house
born 1873??
Census 1871 (age 5)
Occupation ironmonger; Derby, Derbyshire, England
Irongate, Derby
Established family business of Bennett's ironmongers (department store) at Irongate, Derby
Education 1881 (age 16) -; Burgess Hill, Hampstead, London
Anglo- French College
Census 1881. Scholar. Sent away to boarding school, popular with English parents living abroad.
Occupation 1891 (age 26) Ironmongers assistant; Aldershot
boarder in Union Street, Aldershot, 1891 census, with 12 other young men in various
Residence 1901 (age >26) Derby, Derbyshire, England
94 Rose Hill Street
Living with elder brother George & housekeeper. Near the Arboretum. Firm sells quality goods, silverware, fine crockery, sports equipment and even guns. Also warehouse dealing in architectural hardware for various trades.
Census 1911 (age 45-46)
born 1865 not reg till 1866
Residence c. 1913 (age 47-48) Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
172 Witham Road
Edward Speed (Ted) had a studio in their home, for painting and picture restoration. Moved to Sheffield when retired?
Occupation 14 Aug 1913 (age 47-48) Trainee Ironmonger
Occupation c. 1930 (age 64-65) Retired person
Death 24 Jul 1935 (age 69-70)
Probate 3 Feb 1936 Sheffield, Yorkshire West Riding, England
172 Whitham Road
Left £8065-0-7

Child 2: George BENNETT

Name: George BENNETT
Sex: Male

Child 3: Lydia Mary BENNETT

Name: Lydia Mary BENNETT
Sex: Female
Birth 1869 Derby, Derbyshire, England
Death aft Oct 1929 (age 59-60)

Child 4: Annie BENNETT

Name: Annie BENNETT
Sex: Female
Birth 1860 Derby, Derbyshire, England
Death aft Oct 1929 (age 68-69)

Child 5: Katharine BENNETT

Name: Katharine BENNETT
Sex: Female
Death aft Oct 1929

Note on Husband: George BENNETT

By Natalie Loughenbury on January 6th 2010. From With its sweeping staircase and its long-standing Ironmongery, Derby ’s and one of the UK ’s oldest department stores is steeped in local history. Customers describe Bennetts Irongate as an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, and it’s not had to see why. There are three staircases, two balconies, and numerous secret corners, harbouring treasures and gifts. Every time you duck through an archway or stroll down a ramp, there’s something different to see jewellery winking from glass tables; a cabinet or locally-made, exotic-looking Royal Crown Derby; or a forest of bird tables and garden tools.


Irongate is a street of beautiful old buildings, curving between the towering cathedral and the buzzing market place. Bennetts stands proud among them, with its recognisable blue front and golden logo, telling us it was established as early as 1734. The store started small, however, taking up only half the space we see today. Its unusual layout can be attributed to the fact that it is actually two buildings joined into one. It started life at number 10 Irongate – now the right-hand side with an entrance into the Cookshop – as Weatherhead Walters & Son, a modest Ironmonger’s on an aptly named street. But the company soon began to grow, expanding into agricultural goods and gaining the titles of Gun & Silver Smiths, and Oil & Colour Merchants.

George Bennett, a retired Master Mariner, bought the company in 1864. He lived on North Parade, a Georgian terrace in the Strutts Park area of Derby , as steeped in local history as Irongate.

Bennett lived at number 13, a house with four storeys, high ceilings and a garden that stretched down to the River Derwent.

He expanded the company even further. Goalposts, tennis nets, cricket bats and croquet sets were sold alongside farming tools and guns. Being ‘an old sea dog’, he had the store laid out like a sailing ship. Wrought iron stairways climbed up to nautical-style ‘landings’ throughout. Examples of these can still be seen above the Ironmongery Department, which retains a ship-like quality, as if in memory of George.

Bennett passed the company down through his family. He had five daughters and four sons, but only one grandson, who was killed in the First World War. The last remaining Bennett sold the company in 1937, when it became Bennetts Irongate Limited, but continued to thrive as an independent family business.