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British Industrial History

Bennett and Jennison

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1925
1949.

of Julian Street, Grimsby, Lincs - by 1913 to 1919

of Weelsby Street, Grimsby, Lincs - 1919

of Ladysmith Road, Grimsby, Lincs - by 1921 to 1955 or later

  • London Showrooms:
    • 27 Chancery Lane - 1924
    • Napier House, 24/27 High Holborn, London WC1 - 1929 to 1935
    • 67 Aldersgate St EC1 - 1936 to 1941
    • Hollington Crescent, New Malden, Surrey - 1947

of Ladysmith Road. (1922)

Ditto Address. Telephone: 2255. Cables: "Novelties" (1929)

Ditto Address: Telephone: Grimsby 55016-7. Cables: "Novelties, Grimsby". Showroom: E. J. Spencer, 12 Hollington Crescent, New Malden, Surrey. (1947)

  •  ?1902 The origins of the business may lie with Solomon Bennett, who advertised as a carver, gilder and artistic picture framer, established in 1868, also offering his services as a plumber, glazier, gasfitter and wholesale glass merchant and importer, from 82 Cleethorpes Road (Grimsby and Cleethorpes Directory, 1902).
  • 1909 Bennett and Jennison was listed as fine art publishers in the telephone directory.
  • 1914 It was claimed that most mouldings in Britain were foreign in origin but that Bennett and Jennison were producing British mouldings.
  • 1917 There was a fire on Bennett and Jennison's premises.
  • 1922 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Mouldings for Picture Frames, Photograph Showcards for Joiners, Builders, Cabinet Makers, Electricians, Decorators, etc.; Fire Screens; Framed Pictures; Overmantels; Folding Workstands; Photo Frames (polished wood and gilt). (Stand No. K.5) [1]
  • 1924 The business was described as makers of picture frame mouldings, photo frames, fire screens, advertising frames, mirrors and pictures in frames, wood stair rods, overmantels, etc.
  • 1929 British Industires Fair Advert as Manufacturers and Suppliers of Mirrors, Pictures, Mouldings, Frames, Fire Screens and Workstands; Chromos, Framed Mirrors, Framed Pictures, Engravings, Advertising Frames, Calendars, Oak Curbs, Oak Stair Rods, Overmantels. Also Watercolours and Etchings. (Fancy Goods Section - Stand No. J.113) [2]
  • 1930 Bennett and Jennison advertised swept frames, antique gilt frames for artists and exhibitions, offering lists and moulding patterns on application, describing themselves as the largest frame and moulding works in Great Britain.
  • 1936 Also listed as fancy goods manufacturers in the Post Office London directory. (London Gazette 18 October 1957).
  • 1947 British Industries Fair Advert for Pictures: Watercolours; Oil Paintings; Etchings. Plain, coloured, framed or unframed. Also Picture Frames, Mouldings, Barbola** Ware, Fire Screens, Book-ends, Powder Bowls, Candlesticks, Photo Frames, Mirrors, Workstands and Fancy Goods. (Fancy Goods Section - Olympia, 1st Floor, Stand No. F.1903) [3]
  • 1951 The business was offering exhibition frames for artists in 'Antique Gilt or Ivory and oxidised silver'.
  • 1957 The company was listed to be struck off the Companies Register.
  • Note: **
    • Barbola (work) - ornamentation with small flowers, fruits, etc., made of plastic paste coloured. [Origin: proprietary term from Fr. barbotine, a fine clay]. [4]
    • Barbola was used to create the decorative three-dimensional floral edgings for mirrors and bowls. It was purchased as a thick paste ready-mixed in tins. Once the articles dried they were painted and then varnished. [5]

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Sources of Information

  • [2] National Portrait Gallery
  1. 1922 British Industries Fair p7
  2. 1929 British Industries Fair Advert 25; and p18
  3. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 293; and p28
  4. Chambers English Dictionary
  5. [1] Cream Tea