Henry Warburton (1722 – 1774)

Henry Warburton was apprenticed to John Whaley, a Master Clockmaker, from Bolton on 1st Dec 1721 for 7 years for a fee of £10.

After his Apprenticeship Henry Warburton moved and worked in Liverpool, as he is listed there in 1734 as a Clock and Watch Maker.

By 1758, Henry had moved to Wolverhampton, where he was again married, and he was recorded as working from at least 1760.

Between  1765 and 1774 Henry was recorded as working at Goat Street, Wolverhampton.

Henry Warburton made a special clock for the Gifford family of Chillington Hall, Wolverhampton featuring an engraved panther’s head on the dial. Legend has it that Sir John Gifford (who died in 1556) shot a panther with a bow and arrow after it had escaped from Chillington Hall, the family seat. The panther forms part of the family coat of arms.

A Wolverhampton clock of Henry Warburton from about the time he started working there. An early all oak cased chain wind brass dial 30 hour longcase clock by Warburton, Wolverhampton. The 11″ square brass dial has cast cherub spandrels around a raised brass chapter ring with a chamfered arched aperture revealing the working date wheel behind. 

A later more complex 8 Day clock, with the familiar date aperture. Dating from 1775 it has typical Midlands features, and the arched dial has a painted rolling moon.