The Wartons/Whartons of Beverley
The Wartons were Hull merchants who became the wealthiest family in Beverley in the seventeenth century. They were lords of the manor of Beverley Parks and Beverley. Christopher Warton of Warton in the reign of Edward IV married Mary, daughter of William Lancaster, and was succeeded by a son, John Warton, in the reign of Henry VII. He married Mary, daughter of Sir John Pickering, and their son, Lawrence Warton, was described as being 'of Beverley' during the reign of Henry VIII. By 1657 they had a house built into North Bar. Michael Warton (1577-1655) outlived his son and his grandson, Michael Warton (1623-1688), inherited the estates, though they had been depleted through fines paid to Parliament for Royalism. His eldest son, Michael Warton (1649-1725), died unmarried and the estates were split up between the children of his two sisters in the eighteenth century. Papers at Hull University Archives comprise a seventeenth-century household account book which includes outgoings on apothecary's fees, quires of writing paper, servants' wages, estate accounts and rents as well as accounts for the funeral of Michael Warton in 1655. Reference DP/58, 64, 81. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 09:38, 21 August 2011 (UTC)
The Hospitals at Beverley consist of Mrs. ANNE ROUTH'S HOSPITAL, in Keldgate, for ancient poor widows, in which there are thirty two inmates, who are each allowed five shillings per week, with a gown and a supply of coals yearly, arising from the rents of estates in different parts of the county. Mr. CHARLES WARTON'S HOSPITAL, in Minster moorgate, for poor widows, of whom fourteen are accommodated, and have each allowed four shillings a week, with a gown each, and coals yearly from an estate called Killingraves, between Beverley and Bishop Burton; the Trustees of which charity also apprentice a number of boys annually, with a premium of four pounds each. SIR MICHAEL WARTON'S HOSPITAL, * in Minster moorgate, for six poor widows, who are each allowed three shillings weekly, with a gown and coals annually.
Beverley was sometime called Deir Wold, or the Wood of the Deirans; and subsequently Beverlac, the place or lake of Beavers, an animal then abounding in the neighbourhood. It owes its rise to the piety of early times, for we find that St. John, Archbishop of York, a man of extraordinary acquirements and great sanctity, converted the parish church in this place, into a monastery for Benedictine Monks. In the year 860, it was destroyed by the Danes and lay in ruins three years before it was repaired. King Athelstan, after he had overcome the Scots, on his return came to Beverley, and built a new college of Secular Canons; granted and confirmed to the church many great privileges and liberties; also a sanctuary, the limits of which were marked by four crosses. Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror were both benefactors to it. Valued at the dissolution, at 109L. 8s. 8d. --Dugdale. In 1710, the church being in a ruinous state, subscriptions were raised at the instigation of John Moyser, Esq. of this place, for the purpose of repairing and beautifying the same. In it are several handsome monuments of the Percies, Whartons, Hothams, &c. In 1664, the grave of St. John of Beverley, Archbishop of York, was discovered, with his bones and many relics. This church of St. John, usually styled the Minster, is now converted into a parish church to which that of St. Martin's is annexed; and is, as Dr. Stukely justly observes, "an extraordinary beauty, nothing inferior to York Minster, but somewhat less." The north gable end was, about the year 1739, raised to its perpendicular, from which it had slipped three feet, by Mr. Thornton of York. The admirable machine for this purpose, was engraved in the same year and printed by Mr. Fourdrinier. Besides the Minster there is another church, dedicated to Saint Mary, first built in 1325, to which, in 1667 was annexed St. Nicholas, a large and handsome structure.