Henry KNIBBS, son of William KNIBBS and Mary WRIGHT , was born bet. July and September, 1841 in Dallington, Northamptonshire, England. He married Harriet BENNETT bet. July and September, 1889 in Epsom District, Surrey, England. He died 05 April 1908 in Banstead, Surrey, England. Harriet BENNETT was born bet. July and September, 1852 in Chipstead, Surrey, England. She died 07 January 1935 in Banstead, Surrey, England.


Children of Henry KNIBBS and Harriet BENNETT are:
1. Dorothy KNIBBS, b. bet. July and September, 1890 See Richard CHADWICK & Dorothy KNIBBS
2. Bernard Robert KNIBBS, b. 10 August 1892 See Bernard Robert KNIBBS & Norah Mary Hatten MILLS

Marriage Notes for Henry KNIBBS\Harriet BENNETT:




This picture was taken in about 1893 and shows henry with his second wife Harriet, their two children Bernard and Dorothy, and Henry's children from his first marriage. Click the image to enlarge the picture and to reveal the names of everyone.

Other Marriages/Unions for Henry KNIBBS:
See Henry KNIBBS & Annie Elizabeth GARRETT


Notes for Henry KNIBBS:




This picture was taken of Henry in 1902. (Click to enlarge)


Please visit my Notable KNIBBS Page for Henry


Banstead Village school in Surrey, England, was opened in 1858, and Henry was the headmaster there for 42 years between 1862 and 1904. Irene O'Shea has written a small book which tells the story of the School and showing how Henry Knibbs, a man of great energy, played a major part in the life of the village. Interestingly, Irene's book contains a letter dated 5 November 1862 wherein Edward Buckle, the vicar of Banstead at that time, wrote to Henry informing him of his starting salary at the school - it was £50 for the Master and £20 for the mistress. It was also clarified that the mistress was expected to work an equal number of hours to those of the master.

I am not sure yet of the connection, but the Trotman family were the squires of Dallington, Northamptonshire, England where Henry Knibbs was born. It is understood that for some reason, the Trotman family encouraged Henry to further his education and may even have paid for his teacher training at Cheltenham Training College. It was his connection with the Trotman family that resulted in him being offered the position of headmaster at Banstead School. All I've managed to discover about the family is that in 1841, the Clergyman of the Dallington parish was a man named Trotman, aged 40.

The Trotman's daughter Mary married a man named Edward Valentine Buckle, the son of the Vicar of Banstead, who was also chairman of the school committee. The school was experiencing difficulties in finding a headmaster and Henry's name was put forward as a result of his connection with the vicar's daughter-in-law.
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Henry can be seen in 1861 living at Normal Training College, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire:
Henry Knibbs UnM 19 Student Dallington Northumberland

Note: The "Normal Training College" was founded in 1846 for the training of teachers, male and female, in national and parochial schools.
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Henry can be seen in the 1871 census living at the National School House, Banstead, Surrey, England:
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 29 Certificated Schoolmaster Northampton Dallington
Annie E Knibbs Wife Mar 28 Schoolmistress Northampton Milton
Henry G Knibbs Son 5 Scholar Surrey Banstead
Annie W Knibbs Daughter 3 Surrey Banstead
Emily Dyer Servant 14 Surrey Cheam
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From the Surrey Advertiser - 21 September 1878:
EPSOM.
WEST SURREY REGISTRATION.
Yesterday (Friday) the revision of the lists of voters for the Western Division of the county of Surrey was commenced by Mr. Philip Hemery Le Breton, at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Epsom. The parishes dealt with were Ashtead, Banstead, Chessington, Cuddington, Effingham, Epsom, Ewell, Fetcham, Great Bookham, Little Bookham, Headley, Leatherhead, Stoke D'Abernon, and Walton-on-the-hill.
Mr. F. Ferdinand Smollpeice (Guildford), Mr. W. O. Reader (Epsom), and Mr. P. L. Marten (Dorking), appeared for the Conservatives, and Mr. D. M. Stevens (Guildford) for the Liberals.
The only parishes in which any points of interest Arose were Banstead and Great Bookham.— In the former, John William Ward, on the occupiers list, was objected to by Mr. Stevens on the ground that Mr. Ward who is the master of the Tadworth School, occupied the school house simply as a servant. As Mr. Ward did not appear, the name was removed. The Liberals also objected on the same ground to Henry Knibbs, master of the Banstead School. In reply to Mr. Stevens, Mr Knibbs stated that he paid no rent for the school house, but his salary was smaller in conssequence. He could not say that he was bound to live in the school house, as the question had never arisen (laughtel),. The Revising Barrister, having been shown the rate hook, in which Mr. Knibbs' name stands as the occupier of the school house, said he would allow the name to stand, as it was not clearly established that Mr. Knibbs was compelled to live in the house. He added that Mr. Stevens might raise the same objection next year, as he was not quite satisfied. The admission was a "close shave" (laughter).
In Great Bookham, Hugh Hamilton, whose name appeared on the list as the occupier of the " Saracen and Ring cottages," was objected to by Mr. Stevens, who observed that a man did not usually occupy cottages, and further he was informed that there was an ahsolute letting of one cottage, which left the rating qualification insufficient, the ratable value of the two cottages being only £16. On the other side it was urged that Mr. Hamilton alone was rated, but on referring to the rate-book the overseer could not find the name. The name was expunged. The :assistant overseers of Leatherhead (Mr. Brown) ' and Epsom (Mr. Williams) were complimented upon this manner in which they had discharged their duties, whereupon Mr. Brown observed that he had held the office for 20 years and had been parish clerk for 14 years, the latter office having been held by his family for four generations, or 115 years. The Revising Barrister observed that the old "Amen " clerks were being fast shelved by surpliced choirs. Mr. Brown said be felt that he was almost " snuffed out" (laughter).
The parish of Ewell was not represented, and the Revising Barrister observed that he had a great mind to fine the assistant overseer.

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Henry and his wife appear in the 1881 census for England and Wales, living at Hubert Road School House, Banstead, Surrey with their daughters Annie Warburton, Mary Eleanor, Winifred Eliza and Margaret Kate.
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 39 School Master Dallington Northampton
Annie Elizabeth Knibbs Wife Mar 38 Milton Northampton
Annie Warburton Knibbs Daur 13 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Mary Eleanor Knibbs Daur 7 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur 5 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur 1 Banstead Surrey
Minnie Jane Lee 13 General Servant (Domestic) London Chelsea
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Henry can be seen in the 1891 census returns living at what looks like Wilmott Cottage, Banstead, Surrey, England:
Henry Knibbs Head Mar 49 Dallington Northampton
Harriett Knibbs Wife Mar 38 Chipstead Surrey
Henry Geo Knibbs Son UnM 25 Banstead Surrey
Anna Warburton Knibbs Daur UnM 23 Banstead Surrey
Mary Eleanor Knibbs Daur 17 Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur 15 Banstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur 11 Banstead Surrey
William Garrett Knibbs Son 3 Banstead Surrey
Dorothy Knibbs Daughter 8/12 Banstead Surrey
Elizabeth Castle Servant 18 Wandsworth
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Henry appears in the 1901 census living at Banstead, Surrey with his second wife, Harriet. I understand from a family member that he was still living at Wilmott Cottage.
Henry KNIBBS Head Mar 59 Elementary Schoolmaster Dallington Northampton
Harriet Knibbs Wife Mar 48 Chipstead Surrey
Margaret Kate Knibbs Daur UnM 21 Teacher of Corken Banstead Surrey
Winifred Eliza Knibbs Daur UnM 24 Elementary Schoolmistress Banstead Surrey
Bernard Robert Knibbs Son 9 Scholar Banstead Surrey
Esther Burt Serv 22 General Domestic Servant Chipstead Surrey

The son William from Henry's first marriage, and daughter Dorothy Knibbs from his second marriage are seen to be living in Birmingham, Warwickshire, with their older sister Annie and her husband Lionel Jones.
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From the Surrey Archaeological Collections, Proceedings, 1902, Vol 18:
A Find of Tiles, Etc., at Banstead
A field called Board Field on the Lambert Estate, on the south side of Banstead Churchyard, has recently been sold to the schoolmaster (Mr. Knibbs) as a building plot. He, in excavating for flints, has come across a large quantity of tiles, some of which have a blue line between the red outside and inside, some large blocks of stone, a little stained glass which fell to pieces and turned white on being exposed to the light, and some fragments of pottery, and a portion of a capital carved in a fleur-de-lys of the usual chalk stone found in these parts.

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From the London Gazette, June 5th 1908:
HENRY KNIBBS, deceased.
Pursuant to 22 and 23 Victoria, cap.35
Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims against the estate of the late Henry Knibbs, of the Sixways, Banstead, Surrey (who died at the Sixways, Banstead aforesaid, on the 5th day of April 1908, and whose will was proved in the Principal Probate Registry, on the 19th day of May, 1908, by Harriett Knibbs, the sole executrix of the said deceased),are hereby required to send particulars thereof, in writing, to us, the undersigned, the Solicitors for the said Harriett Knibbs, on or before the 18th day of July, 1908, after which date the said Harriett Knibbs will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased, as and when the same shall come to her hands, having regard only to the claims of which she shall then have had notice;and that she will not be liable for the assets, or any part thereof, to any person of whose claim she shall not then have had notice. - Dated this 29th day of May, 1908
BROOKS and HELLER, 146, Upper Thamesstreet, London, E.C.

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From the Surrey Mirror - Friday 10 April 1908:
It is with great regret that we record the death of one whose life has been most closely associated with the history of the parish of Banstead during the last half-century. Mr. Henry Knibbs passed, away on Sunday morning last at ten o'clock. For some time past he had been lying very ill. Symptoms of cancer became prominent after Christmas; the malignant growth rapidly developed until, seven weekas ago, Dr. Watson Cheyne was called in to perform an operation. which had become necessary, and after successive rallies the end came peacefully on Sunday. The loss to Banstead. is a very severe one. For 44 years Mr. Knibhs was the headmaster of the Banstead Schools, coming to it when its numbers were about 6O, and faithfully serving it as a painstaking and successful teacher till less than two years ago, when, at the age of 65 he retired, leaving a school whose numbers had almost reached 300. Originally a Church school, he saw it become a Board School in 1871, and latterly a Council School. Public testimony to the appreciation everywhere felt of his work in this capacity found expression on his retirement in 1906, parents, old scholars, teachers and children uniting to voice their esteem and affection. His work for the school was not confined to his office of headmaster; he was the first clerk to the Banstead and Kingsiwood U.D. School Board, and since his retirement has served in the capacity of School Manager. A man of untiring energy and great business ability, he has throughout his life in Banstead been associated with every movement. He has been the Clerk to the Parish Council since its origin. was assistant overseer and rate collector, collector of income tax, clerk to the Branstead United Charitiets, churchwarden of All Saints', Banstead, for many years, agent for insurance companies, and latterly was building up an increasing business as house agent. In all these capacities Mr. Knibbs' uprightness, courtesy and devotion to duty were everywhere recognised, and all who knew him will feel that it is difficult to think of Banstead without him.

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From the Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser - 11 April 1908:
DEATH OF MR. H. KNIBBS.
A WELL-KNOWN BANSTEAD MAN.
It is with great regret that we record the death of one whose life has been most closely associated with the history of the parish of Banstead during the last half-century. Mr. Henry Kniblas passed away on Sunday morning last at ten o'clock. For some time past he had been lying very ill. Symptoms of cancer became prominent after Christmas; the malignant growth rapidly developed until, seven weeks ago, Dr. Watson Cheyne was called in to perform an operation, which had become necessary, and after successive rallies the end came peacefully on Sunday. The loss to Banstead is a very severe one. For 44 years Mr. Knibbs was the headmaster of the Banstead Schools, coming to it when its numbers were about 6O, and faithfully serving it as a painstaking and seccessful teacher till less than two years ago, when, at the age of 65, he retired, leaving a school whose numbers had almost reached 300. Originally a Church school, he saw it become a Board School in 1871, and latterly a Council School. Public testimony to the appreciation everywhere felt of his work in this capacity found expression on his retirement in 1906, parents, old scholars, teachers and children uniting to voice their esteem and affection. His work for the school was not confined to his office of headmaster: He was the first clerk to the Banstead and Kingswood U.D. School Board, and since his retirement has served in the capacity of School Manager. A man of untiring energy and great business ability, he has throughout his life in Banstead been associated with every movement. He has been the Clerk to the Parish Council since its origin, was assistant overseer and rate collector, collector of income tax, clerk to the Banstead United Charities, churchwarden of All Saints', Banstead, for many years, agent for insurance companies, and latterly was building up an increasing business as house agent. In all these capacities Mr. Knibbs' uprightness, courtesy and devotion to duty were everywhere recognised. and all who knew him will feel that it is difficult to think of Banstead without him.
THE FUNERAL.
The funeral, which took place at All Saints' Church on Wednesday afternoon, was very largely attended. The coffin, borne by old scholars of the deceased, was met at the gate by the Vicar (the Rev. Duncan Woodroffe, M.A.), the Curate (Rev. Harold Godefroy, M.A.), and the choir. The mourners included Mrs. H. Knibbs (widow), Messrs. William and Bernard Knibbs (sons), Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Philip Clark. Mr. and Mrs. G. Dicker (daughters and sons-in-law). Mrs. G. Knibbs (daughter-in-law), Miss Knibbs and Mrs. P. Gibbons. Mrs. and Miss Marsden. Mr. and Mrs. H. Bennett, Mr. W. Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Heller, Mr. and the Misses Dicker, etc. There was a large attendance of members of the Parish Council and of School Managers. The Banstead Council School was represented by Mr. Edward Gale (headmaster), Miss C. A. Balchin (headmistress Infants' Department) Mr. B H. Blackford, and 30 of the older scholars. Tadworth School wss represented by Mr. J. W. Ward; Walton-on-the-Hill by Mr. H. W. Savage; and Kingswood by Mr. W. J. Macdonald. Others present included Mr and Mrs. C. H. Garton, Mr. and Mrs. Trollope, Mr. and Mrs. Wingrove, Mr, and Mrs. Robertson Rodger, Mr. Watt, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Taylor, Mrs. Buckle, Miss Courtenay, Mrs. Maitland, Mrs. Glass. Miss Alston, Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Orton, Messrs. Langdon-Davies, R. H. Knignt, A. Pringle, G. Webb, T. and E. Gilbert, R. Webb. A. Simmonds, S. and F. Kempwell, A. Shove, W. Illman, P. G. Russell, C. H. Beall, W. H. Wapling, W. Wells, etc. etc. The service in the church was read by the Vicar, and the hymns, "O, God, our help in ages past" and "Now the labourer's task is o'er," were sung. Mr. W. Miller (organist), very impressively rendered a funeral march as the procession left the church for the graveside. The committal prayers were spoken by the Vicar and concluding prayers by the Curate, the choir afterwards singing the hymn. "The radiant morn hath passed away." A great number people followed the last rites at tle graveside. Verv many beautiful wreaths were sent among them those from the Parish Council, the School Managers, the Staff of Banstead Council School, the children of Banstead School , the teachers and children of Kingswood School, the sidesmen of All Saints’, Banstead, tho organist and choir, six County Scholarship boys. the boys of the Central Secondary Schooln Birmingham. some assistant mistresses of Hereford High School, and a great number from relatives and local residents. The funeral arrangements were well carried out by Mr. Middleton of Messrs. Wells Bros., Banstead and Kingowood.

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Knibbs Henry of Sixways Banstead Surrey died 5 April 1908 Probate London 19 May to Harriet Knibbs widow Effects £6338 11s. 10d.
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The Banstead History Research Group
web site lists Henry on the web page headed "People of Banstead" where Knibbs is listed amongst several of "the most notable families in Banstead". Under Henry's name they write:
"Became Master of the Banstead Village School in 1862, assisted by his sister until 1864, then by his wife and by paid monitors or pupil teachers. Encouraged outside activities by the children - gardening, cricket, etc. Also arranged social events, lectures and meetings for the villagers in the school building. He played a major part in the community. Worked as an insurance agent, Clerk of the Parish, rate collector, etc. Retired from school in 1904. Developer of houses in Court Road."

Sources for Henry KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales,
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. 1861 British Census,
  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 
  5. "Village School Banstead" by Irene O'Shea 1981,
  6. London Gazette, Gave his date of death 
  7. 1871 British Census,
  8. Ancestry.co.uk - Northamptonshire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1912,

Notes for Harriet BENNETT:




Harriet, I would guess in her early 30's, so shortly before she maried Henry. (Click to enlarge)

She was born in Chipstead, Surrey, but moved to Banstead, Surrey between 1861-71 with her parents.
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We see Harriet in 1861, living with her parents at Martins Green, Chipstead, Surrey:
Edward Bennett Head Mar 37 Publican Surrey Murtham
Harriet Bennett Wife 39 Surrey Chipstead
Mary Ann Bennett Daur 10 Scholar Surrey Chipstead
Harriet Bennett Daur 8 Scholar Surrey Chipstead
Kate Bennett Daur 7 Scholar Surrey Chipstead
Edward Bennett Son 5 Scholar Surrey Chipstead
Harry Bennett Son 3 Surrey Chipstead
James Bennett Son 5 mnth Surrey Chipstead
Jane Palmer Sister-in-Law UnM 26 Servant Surrey Chipstead
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In 1871, the family was living at Park Road, Banstead, Surrey:
Edward Bennett Head Mar 47 Beer House Keeper Surrey Merstham
Harriet Bennett Wife Mar 49 Surrey Merstham
Mary A Bennett Daur UnM 20 Surrey Merstham
Harriet Bennett Daur UnM 18 Surrey Merstham
Harry Bennett Son UnM 13 Surrey Merstham
James Bennett Son UnM 10 Surrey Merstham
James Palmer Nephew UnM 6 Middlesex Bromley
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Harriet can be seen in the 1881 census before she married Henry Knibbs, living at 105 Eaton Place, London.
Emily (Hon.) CALHEART U Female 46 Brighton, Sussex, England Extra Bed Chamber Woman To The Queen
Lousia CALHEART U Female 41 Chambly, Canada
Anne CALHEART U Female 40 Chambly, Canada
Emma MORIS U Female 40 Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England Ladies Maid
Eliza A. PALMER U Female 40 Hose, Leicester, England Cook & H Keeper
Harriet BENNETT U Female 28 Chipstead, Surrey, England Ladies Maid
Jemima BAKER U Female 38 Homington, Wiltshire, England 1st H Maid
Annie SMITH U Female 18 Chadlington, Oxford, England Kitchen Maid
Isaac ELLIOT U Male 18 Westerham, Kent, England Footman

Not sure who Emily (Hon.) CALHEART, Extra Bed Chamber Woman To The Queen was, but suspect she was someone important in the Queen's household. She is listed as Head of the above Household, but I don't know what type of residence it was. Eaton Place is just off Belgrave Square in London and just a stone's throw from Buckingham Palace so I wonder if perhaps the people staying there all worked at the Palace? It's certainly a very salubrious place!
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Harriet married Henry Knibbs in 1889.
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We see Harriet and her two children living at Prior Lea Court Road, Banstead, Epsom, Surrey at the 1911 census:
Harriett Knibbs Head Widow F 58 Agent Insurance Chipstead Surrey
Dorothy Knibbs Daughter Single F 20 Assistant Teacher County Council Banstead Surrey
Bernard Robert Knibbs Son Single M 18 Clerk Insurance Banstead Surrey
Harriett Bennett Mother Widow F 89 Private Means Chipstead Surrey
Kate Theresa Riches Servant Single F 17 Domestic Servant Banstead Surrey

The consus confirms Harriett had just two children.
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Harriet had a sister Kate who married a man with the surname Marsden. At one time she and her husband occupied the school house at Banstead, and Kate acted as caretaker to the school.

Harriet's father was Edward Bennet who for some time, managed The Mint public house in Banstead (as shown on the Banstead History Research Group's website). It's listed in the 1871 census and Edward Bennett is described as a beer retailer. Edward was still listed as Publican at the Mint in 1881and we see from the census that his wife was also named Harriet. They also had a young lady of 21 named Emma Marsden boarding with them. She was a School Teacher, born in Mile End, London. The Mint is still running as a Traditional Country Pub in Banstead.
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The book called "The Village School" by Irene O'Shea states that Harriet was born in The White Hart public house (above) at Chipstead, Surrey.
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Knibbs Harriet of Priors Lea Banstead Surrey died 7 January 1935 at South Lea Court-road Banstead Probate London 27 Feb to Dorothy Chadwick (wife of Richard Chadwick) and Bernard Rober Knibbs insurance clerk Effects £3804 8s. 5d.

Sources for Harriet BENNETT:

  1. 1901 British Census,
  2. FreeBMD, gave Reigate District 
  3. Ancestry.com. - England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966,
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. "Village School Banstead" by Irene O'Shea 1981,
  6. 1911 British Census,
  7. Ancestry.co.uk - Surrey, England, Burials, 1813-1987,