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William Whitley

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There appear to have been several generations of William Whitleys concerned with iron in Warrington. For the time being, these will be grouped together.

These may have included:

  • William Whitley (1762-1807), ironmonger, died in Warrington, December 1807, age 45[1]; he married Sarah Roberts in Chester in 1796.
  • William Whitley, born 1799 and baptised in Chester, son of William Whitley and Sarah Whitley[2]

1805 Advert: 'WILLIAM WHITLEY, Iron and Brass Founder, Warrington, MOST respectfully informs his friends and the public that he continues to execute and finish, in the neatest manner, all kinds of Castings Machinery in general, Stoves, Grates, Ovens, &c. He has also added to the above a Boring-mill and Forge-hammer, which means he can bore Cylinders, Working Barrels, &c. turns all kinds of Shafts or other Mill-work of the best materials and on the lowest terms. W. W. Returns his most sincere thanks those who have honoured him with their commands, and hopes, by a strict attention to the quality and execution of every article, to give satisfaction to all who may favour him with their orders. Warrington, Feb. 28th, 1805.'[3]

1807 Death notice: 'On Tuesday, in the prime of life, Mr Wm. Whitley, of Warrington, ironmonger- a very worthy and upright man.'[4]

After Mr Whitley's death, the Bridge Foundry, Warrington was offered for sale.

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Sources of Information

  1. parish records
  2. Select Bishop's Transcripts
  3. Chester Chronicle, 8 March 1805
  4. Lancaster Gazette, 5 December 1807