Title: Envelope Addressed to Miss Hilda Bennett, Westlands, Grimsby 1892
Author: Unknown
Date: A March 2019 scan of an original 1892 addressed envelope

A tiny envelope (no letter), typical of the time, with a Queen Victoria Penny Lilac stamp. The postmark shows that the envelope was franked in Retford on 13th September 1892 and the ink stamp on the back shows that it had reached Grimsby by the next day.

Hilda Bennett, born 1870, was the daughter of Sir Henry Bennett (timber merchant) of Westlands. In 1893, she married Edward Cordeaux after whom Cordeaux School in Louth is named.

Sir Henry Bennett was Alderman of the Corporation and Major of the Borough. Henry's son, Major George Locking Bennett M.A., LL.M., J.P. was a soliciitor and ship owner (died 1939).

The Bennetts were part of Grimsby's 'aristocracy'. Their home, Westlands, is a rural-style manor house of yellow Brocklesby brickwork and is located within the town.

Bennetts Timber Merchants have operated in Grimsby, as an independent family run business, since 1804.

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