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He was the first mayor of Warrington after its incorporation as a municipal borough in 1847. As mayor, he founded its municipal library, the first rate-aided library in the UK, in 1848. He travelled extensively, including in the Holy Land, where he met William Holman Hunt. His diaries, stored in the town's main library, are a valuable source of social history. For many years he lived at Orford Hall. Beamont was a Member of the Chetham Society, and served as Member of Council (1849–82) and Vice-President (1879–82).
A high school (Beamont Collegiate Academy) and a primary school in the town are named after him.
William Beamont outlived his only son William John Beamont, who was a clergyman and author.
- "Chetham Society: Officers and Council" (PDF). Chetham Society. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
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