Benson,  James William

Benson, James William

Male 1826 - 1878  (52 years)

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  • Name Benson, James William  [1, 2, 3
    Born 12 Apr 1826  Reading, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Baptism London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. Williams Library 
    Residence 1841  Ludgate Hill, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Goldsmith's Apprentice Amen Corner 
    Occupation 1846  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silver Smith 
    Admission Date 4 Jan 1849  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Company of Spectaclemakers, Jeweller and Silversmith 
    Residence 1851  Lee, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    8 Lee Place 
    Residence 1861  Islington, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    St Mary's 
    Residence 1871  St George Hanover Square, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    25 Old Bond Street 
    Died 7 Oct 1878  Walton on Thames, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5
    Buried 10 Oct 1878  Walton on Thames, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • St Mary's
    Probate 29 Jan 1879  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Principal Registry, London 
    Person ID I10212  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 

    Father Benson, William,   b. 17 Sep 1790, Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1863, Barnsbury, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Suckley, Phoebe,   b. 12 Jan 1792, Lambeth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1870, Lambeth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 25 Dec 1809  Lambeth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F2899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Potter, Ann Lydia,   b. Abt 1833, Dartford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1901, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1846  Southwark, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Benson, James William Schindler,   b. Jun 1854, St Luke, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1937, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)  [natural]
     2. Benson, Arthur Henry,   b. 1858, Holloway, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1934, Eton, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     3. Benson, Alice,   b. Abt 1859, Holloway, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. Benson, Alfred,   b. 1860, Holloway, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1948, Barn Ridge, South Nutfield, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     5. Benson, Ada,   b. Abt 1862, Holloway, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Benson, Emily,   b. Abt 1864, Holloway, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     7. Benson, Edith,   b. Abt 1866, Notting Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954  (Age ~ 88 years)  [natural]
     8. Benson, Constance,   b. Abt 1868, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     9. Benson, Ellen,   b. 1870, Notting Hill, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     10. Benson, Clara,   b. Abt 1872, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1965  (Age ~ 93 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F3681  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Apr 1826 - Reading, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Dr. Williams Library - - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Goldsmith's Apprentice Amen Corner - 1841 - Ludgate Hill, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Watchmaker, Jeweller and Silver Smith - 1846 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Nov 1846 - Southwark, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAdmission Date - Company of Spectaclemakers, Jeweller and Silversmith - 4 Jan 1849 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 8 Lee Place - 1851 - Lee, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - St Mary's - 1861 - Islington, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 25 Old Bond Street - 1871 - St George Hanover Square, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Oct 1878 - Walton on Thames, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Oct 1878 - Walton on Thames, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Principal Registry, London - 29 Jan 1879 - London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Benson, James William Bio
    Benson, James William Bio
    Benson, James William watch
    Benson, James William watch
    Benson, James William watch1
    Benson, James William watch1
    Benson, James William
    Benson, James William

    Documents
    Benson, James William Birth Record
    Benson, James William Birth Record
    Benson, James William Bio
    Benson, James William Bio
    Benson, James William and Ann Lydia Potter Marriage Notice
    Benson, James William and Ann Lydia Potter Marriage Notice
    Benson, James William and Ann Lydia Potter Marriage Record
    Benson, James William and Ann Lydia Potter Marriage Record
    Benson, James William Burials Record
    Benson, James William Burials Record
    Benson, James William Birth Record
    Benson, James William Birth Record
    Benson, James William Birth Record
    Benson, James William Birth Record

    Family Crest
    Benson Family Crest
    Benson Family Crest

  • Notes 
    • J. W. Benson. Ludgate Hill. A renowned Victorian clock maker. James William Benson is recorded working in London between 1857 and 1887.

      Bensons started up as a partnership between Samuel Suckley Benson and James William Benson. About 1840, they were selling watches under the name SS and JW Benson, Cornhill, London. In Jan 1855, the partnership was dissolved and from 1855 to 1891 (according to R Good) or 1897 (according to NAWCC supplement 20) the company traded as J.W. Benson and the firm moved to Ludgate Hill, after which they became a limited liability company. They held royal warrants during the 2nd half of the 19th century, starting in 1876, for Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, the King of Siam and the King of Denmark. About this time J W Benson also had premises Royal Exchange and Bond Street, but it seems that neither of these addresses appeared on the dials of their watches.

      During 1889, J W Benson went on a buying spree, acquiring, Hunt and Roskell of London and Manchester, Silversmiths and Jewellers, and Sir John Bennett of Cheapside. In 1892, the steam-powered factory in Bell Sauvage Yard, Ludgate Hill was opened where Benson transferred his watch finishing operations to. Here they produced their three main watches, 'The Field', 'The Bank' and 'The Ludgate'. The tradename 'The Field Watch' was registered in 1885. This factory continued in operation until 1914, when it was bombed out destroying 12, 000 watches. Although the servicing department carried on at Ludgate Hill during the bombing, J W Benson never again made his own watches after that time. From this point on, they bought in all their watches and had their name put on them. Benson was now solely a retail jewellers, and a very good one at that.

      Not a Lot is recorded about the company from that time onwards, but it would seem that the original company sold the name to Garrards possibly in 1973 who rather let the name languish. By 1994 the name was part of the Mappin and Webb company (which were part of Sears Holding Ltd) and J W Benson acted as distributors for Ebel, IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre in the UK. The J W Benson name is still used on modern watches, but the watches do not have anything to do with the old J W Benson company and by 1998 the brand name had disappeared from the Retail Jewellers year book, so indicating that the brand has lost most of it's prestige in the eyes of the current name holders, the Asprey Garrard Group. However, the J W Benson name was bought by IWC in Late 1998 and is now being marketed by Chopard GB Ltd.

  • Sources 
    1. [S383] Ronald George Harman, Kent, England, AD2 7AX.

    2. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;).
      Record for James William Benson

    3. [S565] Surrey, England, Church of England Burials.
      Record for James William Benson

    4. [S20] 1871 England Census, taken April 2nd 1871.

    5. [S178] GRO England and Wales.
      Volume: 7b Page: 532

    6. [S1007] England, Birth, Death and Marriage Records Archived, London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary At Lambeth, Register of marriages, P85 MRY1, Item 396.

    7. [S178] GRO England and Wales.
      St Saviour 4 532