Resident of the Month

Lizzie was born in Lincolnshire in 1845 to parents William and Ann Stamp.  In 1851 the family, parents and three little girls, lived in the village of Swaby where William was an agricultural labourer, they were certainly very poor. In 1859 Lizzie married George Hibbert. George Hibbert’s father was the miller at Canwick Mill a parish near to Lincoln (and quite far from Swaby) so there’s no way of knowing how Lizzie and George met but it would have been a good match for Lizzie as the Hibberts were prosperous enough to keep several servants and staff at the mill.   However, George did not take over the mill. In 1861 he and Lizzie, still childless, were living in Lincoln running a grocers shop in Sincil Street in the middle of the city.and in 1862  they  had a son, Frank. George died just four years later and Lizzie and Frank moved out of the city to live with Lizzie’s sister Mary Anne in the home of  William and Mary Jackson at St Peter at Gowts south of   Lincoln. We have no idea how or where Lizzie met and possibly married James Wenn only that in 1881 they were running “The Restaurant” together whilst Frank, who was a teenager, stayed with Mary Ann and the Jacksons.

James died in 1889 aged 53 and Lizzie took over as licensee running “The Restaurant” (Wenns). In 1891 she had three young women working living with her, one a barmaid, one a restaurant manager and one a house servant. The Restaurant wasn’t a pub at this time, there were two other pubs on Saturday Market, The Grapes and the Recruiting Sergeant. Frank still lived in St Peter at Gowts and in 1893 he married Emma Fullalove. By 1901 Lizzie was 60, but still a licenced victualler living in 123 High Street and running ‘The Restaurant’. Her sister Mary A Stamp had come to live with her, possibly her health wasn’t good as she died shortly after the census. Lizzie had two resident barmaids and a servant. Frank and Emma were working as milk sellers on the High Street in St Peter at Gowts and in 1904 they had a little girl called Gwendoline.  In 1909 Lizzie finally retired and Beatrice King took over running “The Restaurant”.  Lizzie’s retirement coincided with the death of her son Frank. It seems that Frank had not inherited his mother’s business acumen, he appears to have left Emma many creditors and claims on the estate continued for a long time.  It is probable that Lizzie moved to Lincoln to help her daughter-in-law as in 1911 Emma Hibbert was a widow aged 48 working as a milk seller whilst Lizzie was 70 a widow, retired and living in  Lincoln with Emma and Gwendoline aged 7. Lizzie died in 1915 aged 74 in Lincoln; her probate was for £2398. (I believe her granddaughter to have been her beneficiary) which was many times the amount of her late husband’s. Lizzie must have been a strong and determined woman with a good business brain; it is appropriate that for many years  she was commemorated in the name of her business.