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William Charles Lupton

William Charles Lupton (1849 – 1918)
JP & 38th Mayor of Bradford, 1899-1902

William was born on 13 February 1849 and baptised on 16 March 1849 in Bradford, the only son of John and Hannah Lupton of Bradford. John was born in 1818 in Otley, Yorkshire and baptised on 25 July 1819; Hannah nèe Cousen was born in 1813. They were married Oct-Dec 1845 in Bradford.


In 1851 William was living at 4 Laura Place, Bradford with his father John, a Tanner, Currier & Cart maker employing 15 Men & Boys, and mother Hannah plus James Henry Cousen (15), John’s Son-in-Law, bap. on the 4th December 1835 in Keighley, a Scholar. They had 2 female servants.


In 1861 William was at Streeton Hall, Turnpike Road, Streeton near Keighley. He was a 12-year-old Scholar/pupil, one of 32, under Schoolmaster Joseph Riley plus an Assistant Master, Teacher, Housemaid, Kitchen Maid and a Nurse. He completed his education at Asnieres near Paris.


Up to April 1867 William lived at 35 Westgrove Street, Bradford, a dwelling house.
During 1869 he was advertising the Anglo-French Club as its Secretary (Annual Subscription £1) at Sun Buildings, Bradford.


In 1871 at 3 Ashgrove, Horton, Bradford, William was a Wine, Spirit, Ale & Cigar Merchant, again with James Cousen, a widower and a cashier to a Worsted Manufacturer. They had 2 female servants: A Cook & Housemaid.


William C Lupton, when 27, married Sarah Woodhead Bentley Jul-Sep 1876 in Bradford. She was born on the 2 April 1856 in Bradford, the daughter of William Bentley and Grace Crosland who married in Dewsbury between Oct-Dec 1848.

On 10 October 1877 William’s mother Hannah Lupton died in Bradford age 64 and buried at Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford.


On the 19 October 1877 at 37 Ashgrove, Bradford was born a son to the wife of William C Lupton. This was John Lupton their infant son who sadly died on 12 November 1877 and was buried in Undercliffe Cemetery.


In 1881 now at 14 Claremont, Horton, Bradford, was William who was still a Wine & Spirit Merchant employing 15 hands, with his wife Sarah, son Arthur William b. 23 February 1879, bap. on 2 April 1879 and daughter Alice Marion b. 21 March 1881, bap.2 May 1881 both in Little Horton, Bradford. They had 3 female servants: Monthly Nurse, Nurse and a Housemaid.


In September 1886 William Lupton was listed as being a Member of the Freemasons.


In 1891 they had moved across Morley Street from 14 Claremont into Claremont Terrace. There was William who was still a Wine & Spirit Merchant with his wife Sarah, son Arthur William and daughter Alice Marion and now Reginald b. 17 June 1882 at Claremont, Bradford, bap. 2 August 1882, Gordon b. 1885, bap. on the 1 April 1885 and Olive Crosland b. 15 December 1889, bap. 4 February 1890, all in Bradford. They had the same 3 female servants: Monthly Nurse, Nurse and a Housemaid.


On 16 May 1891 the annual meeting of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution was held in London. One of the 8 attending to represent Yorkshire was William C Lupton.

In April 1893 a new company Yorkshire Bottlers’ Association Ltd. was set up for anything to do with the trade and business known as the ‘Bottling Trade’. William C Lupton was one of the 9 Directors.


On 8 June 1893 William’s father John Lupton died in Woodgate House, Weeton, Harrogate age 75 and buried at Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford.

In October 1899 William C Lupton (Conservative), Wine & Spirit Merchant, of 14 Claremont was nominated to represent the Exchange Ward at the City of Bradford Council election.


In 1901 at 14 Claremont, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, was William, now a Wine, Spirit & Cigar Merchant, with his wife Sarah with their son Reginald who was educated at Sedbergh, Cumbria (east of Kendal) now 18 and a Wine Merchant’s Assistant, and daughter Olive now 11. They had 3 female servants: A Cook, Nurse & Housemaid.

Their son Gordon had died Jan-Mar 1898 in Bradford age just 12 years old.


Their son Arthur William could not be found in Britain around 1901 but we pick him up again in 1911.


In 1901 their daughter Alice Marion was a visitor with Emily Warwick (her Chaperone?) to Holyrood, Station Parade, Harrogate, staying with Joseph Whitworth, a Brewer & Maltster, and his wife Julia and their son Charles W Whitworth, Bar Student of 23, plus 3 female Housemaids. Alice went on later that year to marry Charles Warwick Whitworth, born 18 January 1878 in Heckmondwike near Dewsbury, Yorkshire, in Oct-Dec 1901 in Bradford.

On 24 April 1907 at the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Yorkshire Freemasons held in the Albert Hall, Leeds, William C Lupton made a perpetual presentation of £15 a year. Overall, the West Yorkshire Freemasons had gifted 500 guineas in that year, a credit to their benevolent spirit.


Arthur William Lupton married Kate Fosdick on 11 January 1909 at St John’s, Leeds Parish Church. Kate of Leeds was born on 29 August 1879 in Windemere near Kendall, Westmoreland, the second daughter of Richard Fosdick of Belmont, Stanmore, Harrow. Officers of the Leeds Rifles (Territorial) lined the church aisle. They honeymooned in Switzerland.

In June 1910 at the Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford, there was an exhibition of paintings and drawings by William Rothenstein. Alderman William C Lupton, chairman of the Libraries & Art Gallery and Museums Committee presided. Mr. Rothenstein is known for his pictures of Jewish religious life in the East End of London. A similar exhibition was held in July 1911 chaired by William C Lupton for the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, the first time they had exhibited outside London.


In 1911 at 14 Claremont, Bradford there was William, now 62, still a Wine & Spirit Merchant, with his wife Sarah (55), son Reginald (28) and promoted to a Wine & Spirit Merchant and daughter Olive (21), plus 3 servants: Housekeeper and 2 Housemaids. Reginald was educated at Sedbergh School, Sedbergh near Kendal, Westmoreland, Cumbria and later became a keen motorist.

Also, in 1911 Arthur William Lupton was at 30 North Parade, Leeds and an Army Officer, now with his new wife Kate and their baby son William Anthony Lupton b. Oct-Dec 1910 in Leeds plus 3 female Domestic Servants.
Also, in 1911 Alice Marion Whitworth née Lupton was at Larchfield, Leadhall Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire with her husband Charles Whitworth, a Barrister-at-Law, their son Noel Lupton Whitworth b. 27 December 1902, bap. 12 February 1903 and daughter Augusta Shirley Marion Whitworth b. 27 April 1910, bap. 30 June 1910 in St John’s Church, Bradford, plus 6 servants: Sick Nurse, Nurse, Maid, Cook, Parlourmaid and a Housemaid.
In July 1911 at the funeral of Rev. J E Perkins, the veteran Vicar of St Michael’s, Bradford, William C Lupton was one of the prominent citizens who attended.


In December 1911 Alderman William C Lupton, vice-president of the Bradford Automobile Club, attended the annual dinner. This is at the time when the motor (as it was then called) was in its infancy.


In October 1913 at Bradford Town hall a meeting was held by Bradford Cinderella Club to discuss the erection of a new building to replace the Ambler Seaside Holiday Home for Poor Children at Hest Bank near Morecombe, Lancashire. The President, Alderman Willian C Lupton, said that £1000 was required and it should open for the next season, providing 40 beds.

William C Lupton’s third son Reginald Lupton enlisted on 9 September 1914, trained at Grantham, and became Captain in the Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment, 9th (Service) Battalion. At the time he was a Director of the firm John Lupton & Son, Ltd., Wine Merchants of Bradford, Leeds & Leith. He served for many years in the 6th West Yorkshire Regiment (Bradford Rifles). He was on Reserve of Officers when war broke out, fought in the Dardanelles with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, killed in the first skirmish with the Turks and died on the hospital ship HMHS Valdivia of wounds (shot in the abdomen) received on landing at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsular on 7 August 1915 and was buried at sea on 8 August. Lord Kitchener sent a letter of sympathy to his parents.


William C Lupton’s second son Arthur William Lupton, a Captain at 18 (nearly 19) on enlistment on 20 May 1897 into the Prince of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) with Service Number 3992, then a Major in the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment 1914 to 1920, was invalided home from Flanders on the Western Front in November 1914, then was back in training in August 1915 at Chichester.

In January 1918 the General Infirmary at Leeds gave thanks for £446 11s 7d of donations from many sources, including £1 10s. from the staff of William Lupton & Co. Ltd, Cliffe Mills, Pudsey. [This was one of the smallest donations but not the smallest]


William C Lupton died on 10 February 1918 at Bradford, age 68. Probate on 22 July 1918 at Wakefield was granted to Sarah Woodhead Lupton, widow, and George Bromley Hewitt, Wine & Spirit Merchant; Effects: £61353 2s 2d. He was buried in Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford. In his will he was referred to as ‘of Bradford and Weeton, wine and spirit merchant’ whose Effects were £61,353 (about £3.5M in today’s money) – net personality £44560 including £5 to his Cook!

William’s wife Sarah Woodhead Lupton nèe Bentley of Woodgate House, Woodgate Lane, Weeton, Leeds died on 29 April 1934 age 78 and buried in Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford along with her husband William Charles Lupton. Probate on the 12 October 1934 at Wakefield was granted to Arthur William Lupton, Company Director & Olive Crosland Lupton, spinster (her son and daughter). Effects: £9692 11s 3d.

Woodgate House Weeton. Near Leeds

Now following the story of their remaining offspring: –

Arthur William Lupton
The son of Arthur William and Kate Lupton, William Anthony Lupton married Barbara Esta Blackburn Apr-Jun 1935 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. She was the daughter of George S Blackburn and Madeline P Woodbridge who married Oct-Dec 1913 in Bromley, Kent; Barbara was born on 8 December 1914 in Nottingham.
In 1938 William Anthony Lupton was in The Royal Regiment of Artillery (Service Number: 1479289).
In 1939 Arthur William Lupton, a Wine merchant, was living at Carlton Manor, Yeadon near Leeds, Wharfedale, Yorkshire with his wife Kate, plus 2 female Domestic Servants. He later played cricket for Yorkshire, with success as a bowler.


Also, in 1939 William Anthony Lupton, who qualified to be a Juror, and Barbara Ester Lupton were residing at Woodgate Grange, next door to Woodgate House.


In 1939 at Weeton Grange, Huby, Weeton near Harrogate, was residing William Anthony Lupton, Director of a Wine & Spirit company, with his wife Barbara Esta Lupton née Blackburn.

William Anthony and Barbara Esta Lupton went on to have a daughter Madeline Sarah Lupton born on the 14th February 1940 at Wetherby, Yorkshire.


Arthur William Lupton of Carlton Manor, Guiseley, Yorkshire died on 14 April 1944 age 65. He was buried in Undercliffe Cemetery with his Dad & Mum and youngest sister Olive; his inscription is on the base of the obelisk – see the image below for his sister Olive. Probate was granted on 12 July 1944 in Llandudno to Kate Lupton, widow, and Charles Edward Hewitt, wine merchants. Effects: £31911 4s. 9d.

In 1953 Madeline Sarah Lupton was residing at 19 Springfield Road, Barkston Ash, Sherburn, Yorkshire.
Madeline married Michael Stanley Preston Gardner in Jul-Sep 1959 at Barkston Ash, Yorkshire. He was born Apr-Jun 1935 in Leeds.


Kate Lupton (wife of Arthur William Lupton) of The Grange, Weeton near Leeds, died on 24 May 1961, age 82. Probate was granted in London on 19 July 1961 to her son William Anthony Lupton, Wine Merchant. Effects: £27751 2s. 11d.
Barbara Ester Lupton died on 12 January 2000 in Leeds age 84. Madeline died age 61 in February 2001 in Leeds. Michael died 17 June 2017 in Layburn, Yorkshire, age 82.

Alice Marion Lupton
Her son Noel Lupton Whitworth married Imelda Wendy Whitworth Apr-Jun 1931 in Pocklington, to the East of York, Yorkshire. She was born on 27 June 1908 in Beverley, Yorkshire.
In 1932 Charles Warwick Whitworth, Alice Marion Whitworth, Noel Lupton Whitworth and (sic) Shirley Augusta Marion Whitworth were residing at Nun Monkton Priory, Nun Monkton, York. Charles was listed as a Special Juror. Nun Monkton was visited by Anne Brontë and her brother Branwell in the 1840’s as she was Governess to the Robinson family at Thorpe Green, Little Ouseburn and taught the children of the Rector of Nun Monkton.


In 1934 Noel Lupton Whitworth & Imelda W Whitworth were residing at The Grange, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
Augusta Shirley Marion Whitworth married Charles James Bradford Oct-Dec 1935 in Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire. Charles was the son of Charles Cyril (a Solicitor) and Mary Evelyn Bradford born on 6 January 1906 at Quarry House, Swindon, Wiltshire and baptised on 13 February 1906 in Christchurch and St Mary Church, Swindon. In 1939 they were residing at The Priory, Nidderdale, Yorkshire, Charles (33) a Captain in the Regular Army, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Also at The Priory were Charles W Whitworth (61) a retired Barrister at Law and a retired Territorial Army Captain of the 5th/13th West Yorkshire Regiment with his wife Alice M Whitworth (58) and ear-marked to be an ARP First Aider – along with 9 other people.

Charles Warwick Whitworth, the husband of Alice Marion Lupton, of The Red House, Moor Road, Bishop Monkton, Harrogate died at Templestowe Nursing Home, Harrogate on 12 December 1954. Probate was granted on 8 February 1955 in Wakefield to his son Noel Lupton Whitworth, Barrister at Law, and daughter Augusta Shirley Marion Bradford (wife of Charles James Bradford. Effects: £154891 10s. 6d.

The Red House, Bishop Monkton; has six bedrooms

Charles Warwick Whitworth’s wife, Alice Marion Whitworth of Flat 2, Strayside Court, Harrogate, died on the 24th April 1968, age 87. Probate on 14 August 1968 was granted. She left £81721.


Noel Lupton Whitworth of Broadway Cottage, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate died on 21 June 1969 in Harrogate. Probate was granted in Leeds on 29 January 1970. He left £142130. His wife Imelda Wendy Whitworth of Broadway Cottage, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate died on 28 February 1975 in Harrogate. Probate was granted in Leeds on 11 July 1975. She left £93937.

Augusta Shirley Marion Bradford née Whitworth of Melford Court Nursing Home, Hall Street, Long Melford, Suffolk died on 28 March 1995. Probate was granted on 4 July 1995 in Ipswich. She left £885610.

Olive Crosland Lupton
In 1939 Olive Crosland Lupton was living at Woodgate House, Weeton, Harrogate, Yorkshire on her own private means with Emily Sheward her Housekeeper and her daughter and son Enid & Alan, both Scholars.


Olive, being a leading light in the WVS and interested in church, philanthropic and social work, was on her way to a meeting at Huby, a village just 2 miles from her home in Weeton, when she was taken ill. She died at home on 7 September 1942 age 52 at Woodgate House, Weeton, Harrogate and buried in Undercliffe Cemetery with William Charles and Sarah Woodhead Lupton, her Dad & Mum and her elder brother Arthur William Lupton. Her inscription is on the Stone Cross in front of the obelisk.

Probate for Olive of Woodgate House, Weeton was granted on 23 April 1943 in Llandudno, Wales to Alice Marion Whitworth (wife of Charles Warwick Whitworth), her elder sister, and Charles Edward Hewitt, wine & spirit merchant. Effects: £19859 12s. 9d. Re-sworn: £21582 8s. 9d. and £21238 0s. 10d. On the 7th May 1943 it was recorded that in the will of Miss Olive Crosland Lupton of Woodgate House, Weeton, daughter of the late William C Lupton, Mayor of Bradford 1899-1902, left £19,859 (net personality £19,710). Among the bequests, £50 each was made to Bradford District Nursing Association and Bradford Charity Organisation.

Research by David Broomfield – March 2021

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