Edward Bolton, oldest son Charles Frederick, was born in 1852 and immigrated to the Australian Colonies. He returned to Warrington in 1883 for a holiday (reference Colin R. Lattimore). There was family business to be sorted out. The end result was that in 1885, George Yates Bolton was listed as the sole owner of the Orford Lane Glassworks. It was agreed that Charles Frederick Bolton was to set up in business in the Australian Colonies as a General Importer and Manufactures Agent for the Orford Lane Glassworks.
We presume that during this holiday Charles Frederick Bolton meet and married a daughter of Mr. William Oaken of Warrington. He returned to the Australian Colonies in 1884 at the time that John Haughton was appointed Works Manager.
In the Australian Colonies in 1884, he put the family plan in to operation and in time he had offices at Sydney and Queensland. He was successful at selling the Glass and he (probably) exhibited at the Sydney Exhibitions 1888 - and the Melbourne Exhibitions of 1888 (reference. See notes from museumvictoria.com.au -The Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1902).
In 1892 Charles Frederick Bolton closed his import business and relocated to New Zealand, where he set up as a farmer and general merchant in Waione. This indicates that no more glass was exported to the Australian Colonies by the Orford Lane Glassworks.
In the 1895 Cheshire trade directories The Glassworks has two listings indicating that they were trading as “Glass Warrington“. George and William are listed as Glass Manufactures, with their residences listed as:
George Yates Bolton 17 Wilson Pattern Street Warrington and William H Bolton was living in Bewsey Street Warrington.
The Orford Lane Glassworks is listed as being in operation in the 1898 Lancashire Directory, but is not listed for 1901. By 1900, William Henry Bolton was listed in the electoral registers as having the ownership of an office and Glassworks in Orford Lane. This office was rented by the Allied Box Company, who was incorporated as a Limited Company in 1901. This date probably ties in with the complete closure of the Orford Lane Glassworks by William Henry Bolton - no later than the end of March 1901. The 1901 census list William Henry Bolton as living in lodgings as the manager of the Corporation Electricity Works and Glass Merchant. We suspect William Henry Bolton continued to sell off the remaining stock over the next couple of years from the office in the former glassworks that he had previously rented to the Allied Box company, who were by now manufacturing boxes on the factory floor.
For More Information please visit the Warrington Museum. http://museum.warrington.gov.uk/
It may be worth pointing out that the museum is currently in the process of redisplay (due to be completed late 2010/early 2011). There certainly will be some Warrington glassware going back on show.
Edward Bolton was born in 1823, in Sankey Warrington. Colin R. Lattimore states in his book that Edward Bolton died on the 26th of December 1899 and that a number of his workforce had been in his employ for over 30 years.
Elizabeth Bolton, wife of Edward Bolton, died on the 30th May 1905. The Executors’ of the will were William Henry Bolton, Elizabeth Bolton, John, Bernard and George Yates Bolton.
It is interesting that John Haughton was appointed Works Manager by 1884, but this appointment probably occurred before this date, maybe as early as 1882. John Haughton was in business with his brother, George Henry, as Flint Glass Manufactures G.H and T. Haughton at 38 Royal Street, off Naylor-street, Newton Heath, near Manchester in the county of Lancashire. They dissolved their partnership on the 19th of August 1881.
On the 15th June 1875 St Thomas, Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England, George Yates Bolton - 23 Gentleman Bachelor of Warrington married Margaret Ellen Hogarth - 22 Spinster of Haydock Lodge
Groom's Father: Edward Bolton, Gentleman
Bride's Father: William Hogarth, Gentleman
Witness: Edmond Lister; Anne Hogarth
Married by License by: Henry Siddall and Robert Buckland
George Yates Bolton and Margaret Ellen Hogarth had one daughter, Marian, age 4 years in 1881, and they lived at 11 Museum Street Warrington. Margaret Ellen Hogarth was the stepdaughter of Edward Lister Haydock Lodge.
Colonel George Yates Bolton died in 1918.
The Discovery Centre Team Museum Victoria Melbourne VIC Australia provided the following information.
For Charles Frederick Bolton, please refer to the. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]. This website records his establishment of a business in New Zealand. “After a trip Home he established himself in business in Sydney and Queensland as a general importer, representing his own English firm for ten years, and exhibiting their products at the Sydney and Melbourne Exhibitions. In 1892, he again came to New Zealand, and subsequently settled down in Waione.”
1888 saw the centenary of the British settlement of Australia. A major exhibition at the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition (MCIE) was held in Victoria at the Exhibition Building, built for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. The MCIE opened on 1 August 1888.
Sydney lacked a suitable site for a major exhibition; the Garden Palace, built for the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition, was destroyed by fire in 1882. In January 1888 a special Centennial Exhibition in conjunction with the Agricultural Society of NSW was opened by His Excellency the Governor Lord Carrington, at Centennial Park.
It is probable that Bolton attended both the Sydney and Melbourne exhibitions, and by 1892 had settled in New Zealand.
Sankey is 2 kilometres from Orford lane See Map
I will add more information as it becomes available. If you wish to make a contribution in lieu of credit - please e-mail me at
I want to thank Craig Sherwood for guidance in writing this article on the Orford Lane Glassworks and Peter Rogerson
Librarian Warrington Borough Council, Community Services Directorate
Central Library, Museum and Art Gallery
Warrington WA1 1JB
I want to thank http://regencyredingote.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/regency-cut-glass/ for help given. This is a most interesting site on the English Regency period.
The local history of Warrington by Gordon Gandy
Also Visit http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/ & http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/census-records.htm
See Raymond Slack Book for English Glass Design Numbers
English Pressed Glass 1830-1900 Raymond Slack
English 19th century press-moulded glass
Colin R. Lattimore.
Published 1979 by Barrie & Jenkins in London
Profiles of Warrington Worthies 1854 by James Kendrick
I wish to thank the librarian in Trinity College Dublin Ireland for given me access to the resources in the library.
See web link below
England's Poor Law Commissioners and the Trade in Pauper Lunacy 1834-1847"(Roberts, A. 1990 Petition 12.6.1846)" http://studymore.org.uk/mott.htm#Referencing
Thomas England, Glassmaker 1759-1821
Author: England, Cyril A
Publisher: Cyril England,
Pub Year: 1993
Copyright Thomas Joyce 2010