It’s time to look back at the his­tory of the Wain­wright fam­ily of Orm­skirk

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

WAIN­WRIGHT is a fa­mil­iar name to Orm­skirk peo­ple. Many will know the name be­cause of the jew­ellery shop in Burscough Street.

Iron­mon­gery is an­other busi­ness belonging to the same fam­ily of Wain­wrights.

The Wain­wright, or Waynewright, fam­ily can be found in the Orm­skirk Par­ish Reg­is­ters as far back as the ear­li­est years of the reg­is­ters when Henry VIII first be­came head of the Angli­can Church.

With­out doubt the fam­ily will have been in Orm­skirk much ear­lier, Waynewright buri­als dur­ing the 16th and 17th cen­tury were very of­ten inside the church, which sig­ni­fied that they had some stand­ing in the town.

Be­fore 1800 the Wain­wrights of Orm­skirk were gro­cers, tailors and shoe­mak­ers.

By 1824, John Wain­wright had opened his own busi­ness as a watch and clock fin­isher in Church Street.

His trade was as­sem­bling parts sup­plied from var­i­ous crafts­men and then sell­ing the fin­ished watch or clock.

John had sev­eral sons, his son John be­came a watch­maker in South­port.

Ben­jamin worked with him in the Orm­skirk store. Josiah was ap­pren­ticed to the iron­mon­ger Richard Owen, opening his own iron­mon­gery at 7 Aughton Street, be­fore mov­ing to 1 Moor Street on the cor­ner of Burscough Street and later into the old Legs of Man build­ing, later the Corn Ex­change.

Wain­wrights con­tin­ued to trade from Church Street un­til opening a shop at 3 Burscough Street as Wain­wright and Son, watch mak­ers and jew­ellers. The store name re­mained but the own­ers changed.

Wain­wrights bought the Cam­mack busi­ness from Moor Street and when that closed traded as Wain­wright and Cam­mack.

Dur­ing WWII Jack Bibby joined the com­pany as an 14-year-old ap­pren­tice in 1941 and re­mained there un­til the store closed in De­cem­ber 1986, only tak­ing time away for National Ser­vice four years later.

In Au­gust this year a new bench was in­stalled in Coro­na­tion Park in mem­ory of Jack, who was well known and re­spected in the town.

The bench is in the bowl­ing green area and de­picts his life as watch­maker and fell-walker.

The oak bench was hand­crafted by Clas­sic Me­mo­rial Benches of Lathom.

Jack’s widow, June, ex­pressed her thanks to the park au­thor­i­ties, es­pe­cially Anne Faulkner, the ranger, for al­low­ing the bench to be placed there. It will be a use­ful and pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to the park.

Orm­skirk & Dis­trict Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety of­fer ad­vice and guid­ance to fam­ily his­to­ri­ans at their monthly meet­ings held in the Moor­gate Guide Hut. The next meet­ing is on Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 25 from 7.30pm with a talk on “Bows and Bow­men” from 8pm.

All welcome, £1 do­na­tion is re­quested for non­mem­bers.

Shop­pers look for bar­gains in the sale at Wain­wright & Son, 3 Burscough Street

June Bibby and the bench in mem­ory of her hus­band, Jack

A Wain­wright clock from the 1860s, far left, a ring box, left, and a watch, be­low, dated 1895 and signed B Wain­wright

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