The early years of the snooker table company are shrouded in mystery, the fires of 1898 and 1941 having been so destructive that they wiped out all records. We are continually discovering snooker tables with the Surrey Street address and there are undoubtedly hundreds scattered throughout the world. The significance of this address is that the snooker tables were manufactured between 1821 and 1898. John Bennett says “My father John Gibbons Bennett (1885-1965) told me that the letter found in Lambeth was written by my Great Uncle John Gibson (1816-1899).” He was the son of the founder of the firm, the first John Bennett. Unfortunately we have no records of the founder.
The author J.K Bennett then goes on to say “It is known that after the 1898 fire the business moved to Vincent Square, London SW. I understand that it was carried on by my Grandfather, John Samuel Bennett but he died prematurely in 1899, the same year as my great-uncle. From then on the business was ran by my Grandmother, and my Father, who was then 14, left school to join her. It seems that most of the responsibility was shouldered by the trusty foreman-fitter and it was he who taught my Father all the practicalities of the trade. My Father, who was a very fine craftsman and a perfectionist, in turn passed his knowledge onto me”.
I hope you find this article interesting as I do. On my travels when snooker table recovering I come across occasionally snooker tables made by the John Bennett company which I have found are made to perfection. The snooker dining tables are beautiful to behold.
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