This page is a depositary for photos of interesting Warburton artefacts i.e. any object of historical interest with a Warburton link.

I have also started a forum topic called Warburton Artefacts where anyone who has such artefacts can share them, by replying to the topic with pictures, and the story of the artefact.  I have  added a feature to allow you to upload photos of your artefacts. It is at the bottom of the main Forum page (if you can’t see it just click on Forum in the menu). It includes instructions on how to link to your uploaded photo in your reply to the topic.

I will then pick up your photos and descriptions and add them to this Warburton Artefacts Page.

.Artefact 1     Two Warburton Tokens

Martin Warburton is a collector of tokens and he sent me the following photographs of two in his possession that have Warburton references.


The larger token is on a smoothed George II/III halfpenny and is an engraved love token. If contemporary, it is 18th century. I have no idea who Ann and William of Manchester are but if anyone has a clue please let me know. In fact my own 3x great grandparents were William and Ann, and they married at Manchester Cathedral in 1796, though I have no evidence they lived in Manchester for any time and they spent most of their lives in Bowdon and Hale in Cheshire, where they originally came from.

The smaller token is an ‘unofficial farthing’ – one of many advertising pieces produced in the mid-19th century. A search of the censuses reveals only one possible J Warburton living in Macclesfield. In 1851 a John Warburton is described as a grocer aged 25 and born in Altrincham. This may be the son of John and Susan(nah) born on March 13th 1825 and baptised at Hale Chapel. John, a grocer, son of John, married Alice Clegg in Oldham on July 11th 1850. The John in Macclesfield in 1851 is married to Alice from Oldham. Unfortunately I can find neither John nor Alice in subsequent censuses so it is possible they emigrated.

Artefact 2     A Warburton Bible

Bob Warburton alerted me to an item in the Altrincham Messenger. An ex-Hale resident has possession of a 200 year old bible with details of several Warburton births and marriages. Her own Warburton connection is remote in that her mother’s aunt, Jesse Reid, was married to a Joseph Warburton. Therefore she would like to return the bible to William’s descendants.

The inscription is as follows:

William Warburton: Hale Field: January 12, 1852
William Warburton and Elizabeth Owen were married at St Margaret’s Church, Bowdon on the 8th day of March 1859.
Joseph Warburton, son of the said William Warburton and Elizabeth, his wife born on 8th of January 1860 – baptized at St Margaret Church, Bowdon.
Annie Warburton daughter of William and Elizabeth born on third day of September 1862. Baptized at St Margarets.
William Warburton died on the 21 day of January 1869 and was buried at Bowdon on the 25 January 1869.
Elizabeth Warburton died October 8th 1903 and was buried at Bowdon October 16th.
Edith Bailey born 9th day December 1858.
Joseph Warburton and Edith Bailey were married at St John’s Church, Altrincham on the 26th day of March 1883.
William Warburton son of the above was born Dec 11th 1883. Baptized at St Barnabas, Openshaw.
Stanley Owen Warburton son of the above born August 22nd 1886. Baptized at St John’s Altrincham.
Elizabeth May Warburton daughter of the above born January 31st 1889. Baptized at St John’s Altrincham.
Eleanor Warburton daughter of the above born November 2nd 1890. Baptized at St John’s Altrincham.
Jessie Beatrice Warburton daughter of the above born October 16th 1892. Baptized at St John’s Altrincham.
Joseph Warburton son of the above born June 8th 1898. Baptized at St John’s Altrincham.
William Warburton died 19th March aged 28, 1.9.12

William Warburton, the original owner of the bible was born in 1803, and was the elder brother of my great great grandfather.

Elizabeth Owen was William’s second wife. He had one daughter by his first wife, Jane Williams.

Joseph was William and Elizabeth’s only son.  Joseph in turn had the 3 sons and 3 daughters listed in the bible. The bible includes the death of the eldest, William in 1912. He was unmarried.

The second son, Stanley Owen had 5 children including 2 sons. The family moved to Stadffordshire. One son  died an infant. The second, Stanley William L Warburton lived from 1918 to 1993. He married a Katharine Hood in 1951, but there are no births registered with a mother’s maiden name of Hood.

Joseph’s third son was the Joseph who married Jessie Reid. They also seem to have been childless.

Artefact 3      Elizabeth Jane’s Tapestry

The following photos were sent to me by Diane Daly.

Elizabeth Jane and Charlotte were sisters, daughters of Joseph and Grace (nee Bancks) of Rostherne, Cheshire. Joseph was the brother of my great-great-great grandfather William so they belong to the Hale Barns clan.

I can find no record of either Elizabeth’s marriage (if she did marry) or death, but the subject of the tapestry poem indicates that she may well have been an invalid in 1838 and may have died at an early age.

Charlotte’s husband, Peter Cliffe progressed from Gardener in 1851 to Head Gardener at Tatton Hall, country seat of the Baron (later Earl) Egerton. Evidently he was also involved in the development of Kew Gardens in the late 1800s.


Charlotte died in her 99th year, having lived since she was widowed in the house which husband Peter had had built for his retirement, but he died in the 1880s before it was ready. Their unmarried daughter Charlotte left her job as dressmaker and ladies maid to Lady Egerton, a Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria, to look after her mother, and subsequently also took responsibility for bringing up her niece, Kathleen Bailey, from about the age of 6. Kathleen remembered her grandmother Charlotte as a very kind and pleasant person.

Artefact 4      Sergeant Major Edward Warburton’s Loser’s Trophy and Boxing Gloves.

The following photos were sent to me by Edward’s son Bruce. The photo of Edward was from a newspaper cutting. It was accompanied by the following text:

Sergeant Major Edward Warburton, Army, 16th Canadian Scottish Regiment, Victoria, BC. Reserve duty 1927-39, active duty 1939-45. European Theatre: Italy, France & Germany.

He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France Star, Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal & clasp & Canadian Efficiency Medal (Long Service).

Many like our father didn’t talk about their war years. We don’t know as much as we would like about his service in Britain and Europe or as much as we should know to tell his grandchildren. There is one story in particular that was told many times over the years and happened just before the war. The Royal Navy was in Victoria and a variety of sporting events were arranged with the visiting sailors. Our farther was nominated for the boxing as he had done a little bit of this sport in his earlier years. talk about taking one for the team; his opponent was Chief Petty Officer Cox, the Royal Navy Champion in his weight class. The results were predictable  needless to say. Cox won, our father was a bit battered and the trophy was on our mantle piece for years. The inscription which reads: “Sergeant Major Edward Warburton – Best Loser”. Loser was for the event, not the participant but it speaks of the character of our father; a great dad, a good husband and provider for his family and who served his county honourably.


Artefact 5      Potters’ Signatures and Seal


Above is a photo of three Warburton signatures and seals on a 1751 vellum agreement betwixt a consortium of iconic Staffordshire potters who were sourcing Devon ball clay. It was sent to me by Audrey Fussell. The Clay was shipped from Devon to Liverpool, and then, via the River Weaver and packhorse, to Burslem. Other signatories include famous potters such as Thomas Wheildon.

Artefact 6      Alfred Warburton’s Medals

The following photo shows RSM Alfred Ernest Warburton and his medals.


I was sent the photo by Violet Symes who married Alfred’s son John.

Alfred was the son of Ernest Warburton, born 7th March 1882, who was a well known golf professional. I was aware that Ernest, and his older brother William were golf professionals in Lincolnshire as they are a branch of my own Hale Barns clan, but I didn’t know the story of Ernest and his family.

Ernest was the youngest of 10 children (8 boys and 2 girls) born to John Warburton and Martha Fletcher in Dunham, Cheshire. In turn John’s grandfather is also my 3x great grandfather William (1775-1862).

Ernest moved to Germany before WW1 and married a German lady named Adele Luise Rossins  They had 3 children, Alfred Ernest, Gerda, and Nora. Ernest built golf courses, and was a member of Kiel Golf Club.

In 1914 on the outbreak of WW1 Ernest was interned in Rhuleben internment camp, barrack No 2, where he spent the war interned with other British nationals.

After the war Ernest and his family returned to England. Ernest died on 31st July 19355 and was buried in St Mark, Dunham Massey. His widow Adele, and their daughter Gerda, an invalid, were still living in Sinderland Green, which is part of Dunham, Cheshire, in the 1939 register.  

Alfred was 12 yrs old when the family returned to Cheshire. He joined the Grenadier Guards in 1926, serving for 30 years and becoming a Regimental Sergeant Major. He was one of the guards of the coffin of King George 5th at his Lying-in-state. He married Olive Steele in 1930 in London, and their son John was born in March 1934. Olive and John are living with Olive’s parents in Hampshire in the 1939 register but I haven’t found an entry for Alfred.

Olive died in 1967, and in 1968 Ernest and John went to live in Adelaide, Australia, Ernest met and married his second wife, Phyllis Grant a niece of Lionel Logue, famous as the man who cured George 6th of his stutter.

Violet Symes, who sent me the photo and told this story married John on 26th September 1968 in Adelaide. They returned to England in 1969, and had a son in 1972 before John left Violet in 1973 and subsequently remarried. John died in 2004 having had no more children. Violet’s son now lives in Queensland.


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