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Early Wallbanks - After 1700


After 1700

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The information is presented primarily by English county.

The sections are:


Bowland with Leagram - Chipping

2. Derbyshire

Wirksworth- Egginton

3. Gloucestershire

Wotton Court - Bisley - Barnwood

4. Yorkshire

Cantley - Freemen of York -

5. Cambridge

Walbanke Childers Family -

6. Staffordshire

Brereton Parish Register - Rugeley Parish Register - Ellastone Parish Register - Palmer trial witness - William Wallbank , Abbot's Bromley

7. Environs of London

-Edmonton -Stoke Newington - Holborn

8. Birmingham

9. Other Wallbank References

Death on the High Seas (1742) - Promotion to Midshipman (1758) - Chaplain (1744) - Wounded Soldier (1845) - Calendar of Treasury Papers - C D Wallbank , Brooklands Racer -Clergy of the Church of England

10. Welbank(s)



1. Lancashire

Township of Bowland with Leagram

about 5m west of Clitheroe

Thomas Walbank in 1732 left £15 for the poor of Leagram attending a sermon at Chipping Church on St. Thomas's Day. This now produces 7s. 6d., given to a poor person, attendance at the sermon no longer being required.

.Source: History of Lancashire Volume Six, The Victoria History of the Counties of England ( 1911).


Adjacent to Bowland with Leagram

Charity of Thomas Wallbank 1732:

. Thomas came from a respectable yeomanry family long settled in the district, a collector in the Inland Revenue Service, by his will, dated 24th May, 1732, made a fol charitable bequest.

Also referred to in the book is Edward Wallbank, 1727, on page 150, and Margaret Bourn (nee Wallbank), wife of John had a son William, on page 263.

Source: "History of the parish of Chipping, in the county of Lancaster: with some account of the forests of Bleasdale and Bowland." [Google books]


2. Derbyshire


The will of Simon Walbancke from Egginton was proved in the Perogative Court of Canterbury in 1766. It is available online at the National Archives Perogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858) index. His two brothers, William and Ralph, sisters and his nieces are beneficiaries. One niece, Elizabeth , is probably the person who married in 1776 shortly after Simon's death in the same year.

The last recorded entry of a Walbank in the registers was the marriage of Elizabeth in 1776. This concluded nearly 200 years of Wallbanks mentioned in the parish records of Egginton. (See pre 1700 Egginton).

Derbyshire Apprentices in London - list compiled by Jean Durbin." Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers Company - Robert son of William Walbank, farmer, Egginton. Master, Charles Fairchild, 28 Jun 1711".

Source: Wirksworth Parish Records - http://www.wirksworth.org.uk


Wallbank in Wirksworth, Debyshire.

Wirksworth is an ancient parish, with original registers dating from 1608.

Wallbank and variants re recorded from 1617, with the marriage of William Wallbank in 1617, to 1834, when Elizabeth Wallbank was buried. Between these dates the following variants are recorded:


Only descendants of William are recorded in the registers, suggesting that he may have been the first Wallbank in the parish, possibly arriving to marry his wife,Margaret. For a list of Wallbank and variants in the parish records, download the pdf file here. Download the descendant chart (pdf) here.

William's line appears to become extinct in Wirksworth in the late 1800's, the last of the line being Job Wallbank, born 1824. He appears in the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 censuses in the household of George Bunting, his stepfather. A Wallbank family, headed by Thomas, a farmer,who was born in Ednaston, Brailsford parish, appears in the 1871 census. His son, also a farmer, is shown in the 1871-1901 censuses. The telephone book shows a Wallbank famer in the vicinity (Windley) in 2011

For pdf file of Wallbank and variants in Wirkworth censuses 1841-1901, go here.


Source : Wirksworth Parish Records - http://www.wirksworth.org.uk



3. Gloucestershire

Gloucester, Wotton Court Estate

Widow Anne Blanch married Samuel Walbank and in 1776. They and Rogers's heirs conveyed the estate of over 200 a. to trustees for sale. (Glouc. Jnl. 11 Nov. 1899) Walbank purchased the house and much of the land in 1777 and sold them to Thomas Cother in 1779.

From: 'Gloucester: Outlying hamlets', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp. 382-410.(British History Online)



Abraham Walbank, attorney, 1782. Conveyed a mill to his daughter, Selina, in 1782. (details)



Inheritance of Hestor, wife of Revd. William Walbank , 1773. (details)




4. Yorkshire

Cantley. John Walbank Childers. see Cambridge

Freemen of York

Robert Welbank, cooper, byorder (1742-59)

Source: Admissions to the Freedom of York: 16-32 George II (1742-59)', Register of the Freemen of the City of York: Vol. 2: 1559-1759 (1900), pp. 262-89


5. Cambridge

Walbanke Childers Family

The name is variously referred to as Walbanke Childers or Walbank Childers.

John Walbanke Childers was at one time the Member of Parliament for Cambridge but his family seat was Cantley Hall about 3 miles east of Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The house was built by Childers Walbank Childers in about 1790, to whom a momument in Cantley church is dedicated. John had been a Colonel in the army, serving under the Duke of York in the Netherlands at the start of the Revolutionary war.

Col. John Walbank Childers married Selina 26 June 1797. Source: The Annual Biograhy and Obituary. 1826 [Google Books]

Rowland Francis Walbanke Childers was commissioned in the Scots Fusilier Guards on 22 February 1850 (ensign and lieutenant).

Source: Hart's Annual Army List .....(1853), by H G Hart. page 485. [Google Books]


Purchase of Whittlesey manors, 1851

The united manors [of Whittlesley - St Andrew's and St Mary's] were held by the Waldegraves for about a century and a half but did not follow the direct male line. By a series of family settlements the lordship became vested in the representatives of Elizabeth, relict of the 4th earl (d. 1816), and her sisters Charlotte Duchess of Grafton and Lady Hugh Seymour. In 1843 it was held in trust for the Ladies Horatia Elizabeth and Ida Anna Waldegrave, sisters of the 7th earl, from whom it was purchased shortly before 1851 by John Walbanke Childers of Cantley (Yorks.), sometime M.P. for Cambridgeshire. At this date courts leet and baron were held twice a year, at which fines certain were levied. The six-monthly manorial courts were still being held in the present century. Childers died in 1886, but his trustees continued to be principal landowners for nearly fifty years longer.

Source: 'North Witchford Hundred: Whittlesey', A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 4: City of Ely; Ely, N. and S. Witchford and Wisbech Hundreds (2002), by R B Pugh (Editor), T D Atkinson, Ethel M Hampson, E T Long, C A F Meekings, Edward Miller, H B Wells, G M G Woodgate, pp. 123-135. (British History Online)


John Walbanke Childers is also referred to in connectrion with the patronage of the living at St Wilfrid's in Cantley , WRY.

CANTLEY (St. Wilfrid), a parish, in the union of Doncaster, S. division of the wapentake of Strafforth and Tickhill, W. riding of York, 3 miles (E. by S.) from Doncaster; containing 651 inhabitants. This parish, of which large portions were anciently possessed by different religious foundations, including those of Worksop, Kirkstall, and Hampole, comprises about 5160 acres, and contains the hamlets of Branton, Bessecar, High and Low Ellers, Gatewood, and Kilholme. The surface is level, and in some parts is well wooded. The parish is intersected by the road between Doncaster and Bawtry, which leaves it at Rossington bridge; and the Torn forms its southern boundary, dividing it from those portions of Finningsby parish which are in Yorkshire. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6. 6. 5½., and in the patronage of John Walbanke Childers, Esq., who is the impropriator: the vicarial tithes have been commuted for land producing £175 per annum, and there is a good glebehouse. The church was formerly in the hands of a religious community; it is a small cemented structure, with a low tower.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 501-11.

A reference to William Walbanke Childers

Canons of the 6th Prepend, Ely: Appointment of William Walbanke Childers to Canon

William Walbanke Childers M.A. 1824-1833.Coll. 13 March 1824 (G/l/16 p. 91). Instal. 20 March (EDC 2/11/2). D. 8 Feb. 1833 (Gent. Mag. 1833, ciii (1) 282; G/l/17 f. 3).

Source: Canons: Sixth prebend', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: volume 7: Ely, Norwich, Westminster and Worcester dioceses (1992), by Joyce M. Horn, pp. 24-25.


Source: Cannock - Carbrooke', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), by Samuel Lewis (editor), pp. 501-511. (British History Online)


A reference to Seleina, wife of John Childers Walbanke in Mursley, Buckinghamshire. 1824. Go here.



6. Staffordshire

Brereton Parish Register

Wallbank first appeared in Brereton registers in 1869, possibly migrating from north-east Staffordshire

Click icon to download pdf file of Wallbanks in Brereton Parish Registers from 1869.

Brereton Registers

Source: Brereton St Michael Parish Registers CD, by Burntwood Family History Group www.bfhg.org.uk


Rugeley Parish Register

Wallbank first appeared in Rugeley registers in 1777, possibly migrating from north east Staffordshire

Click icon to download pdf file of Wallbanks in Rugeley Parish Registers from 1777.

Rugeley Registers

Source: Rugeley St Augustine Parish Registers CD, by Burntwood Family History Group www.bfhg.org.uk


Ellastone Parish Registers

The Ellastone registers, 1538-1812, record the largest number of Wallbanks in Staffordshire. Go here.


Palmer murder trial witness, 20 May 1856

William Palmer was a surgeon living in Rugeley Staffordshire. He was tried in May 1856 at the Old Bailey for murder by poisoning. A witness at the trial was John Wallbank , a Rugeley butcher. His testimony is here:4

Source: The Queen V. Palmer: Verbatim Report of the Trial of William Palmer the Central Criminal Court......(1856). [Google Books]


An extract from Palmer's diary 7 February 1855 showing a payment to John Wallbank, butcher is here:3

Source: Ilustrated Life and Career of William Palmer of Rugeley: Containing Details.......(1856). [Google Books]

William Wallbank, marriage, Abbot's Bromley, 1787


Unusal marriage of 18 year old to 85 year old widow, (Clipping sent by Jodie Williams)

7. Environs of London


An Edward Wallbank was the lessee of 1 The Grove (site of Dorchester House Garden) in 1775.

Source: Survey of London: volume 17 (1936), by Percy Lovell and William McB. Marcham (editors). (British History on Line)

It is likely that this is the same Edward Walbancke below.



A memorial to Edward Walbancke, his wife Sarah, and son William Walbancke is on the south-east wall of the knave of Edmonton Church.2

Source:1) Edmonton, The Environs of London: volume 2: County of Middlesex (1795), by Daniel Lysons, pp. 249-277.

2) The history and antiquities of the parish of Edmonton ,by William Robinson (p. 90) [Google Books]


Stoke Newington

The tomb of John Wallbank , d.1784 , is in Stoke Newington churchyard.

Source: The Environs of London: volume 3 by Daniel Lysons (1795). pp 280-305. (British History on Line)



House of Commons Select Committee - "Report from the Committee on the Framework-knitters Petitions. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed 27th May 1812". John Wallbank, framework-knitter, of Dean Street, Holborn gave evidence to the Committee on 20th May 1812. He was employed by George Holland and Company.

Source: House of Commons Papers (p.246) [Google Books]

8. Birmingham

Kelly's 1879 Post Office Directory of Birmingham has 13 references to Wallbanks including:

Wallbank & Co., medieval workers, 1611 Adderley Street; Charles Wallbank, die sinker, 57 Northampton Street; Thomas Henry Wallbank, engraver, 105 Vyse Street; William Wallbank, builder, 24 Edwardes Street; William Wallbank, collector of income tax. Charles Wallbank, 165 Cambridge Crescent; Thomas Wallbank, 387 Park Road, Hockley; Thomas Henry Wallbank. 86 Lodge Road; William Wallbank, 367 Lodge Road.

Source: "Kelly's 1879 Post Office Directory of Birmingham" [Google books]


9. Other Wallbank References

Death on the High Seas, 1742

Surgeon Edmund Walbank died aboard the ship Gloucester on 21 August 1742 in the South Seas. The vessel was a part of Admiral Hanson's fleet voyageing the South Seas. 1

Source: A Voyage to the South-seas , and ..... (1745), by Gearge Anson. page 291. [Google Books]


Promotion to Midshipman

Hugh Norton Walbank was promoted to Midshipman 6 December 1758. 1

Source: History of the Services of the Madras Artillery, with..... (1852) by Peter James Begbie. [Google Books]


Chaplain, 1744

A reference to Rev. T Wallbank, Chaplain to the Southerland, man-of-war and to a William Wallbank of Blackburn. They were subscribers to a book published in 1744. 1

Source:Hudibras: In Three Parts, W ritten in the Time of the Late Wars (1744), by Samuel Butler,. page 36 [Google Books]


Wounded Soldier ,1845.

Private John Wallbank of the 31st regiment of foot, was wounded at the Battle of Moodkee in India 18 December 1845. The treatment of his injuries is described here:1

Source: Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, Volume 69 (1848). page 61. [Google Books]

Details of the battle are here.



C D Wallbank, Brooklands Racer 1920's

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C D Wallbank was Brooklands racer in the 1920's. The photograph was taken at the BARC Easter meeting in 1929. The caption reads: "C D Wallbank who won the 100mph Short Handicap in Mrs A G Miller's 21-litre Benz".

Photograph reproduced by kind permission of LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), the copyright holder, from whom prints without watermarks may be obtained. It may be seen on the website of Austin Harris (www.austinharris.co.uk) , who is researching the latphoto archive.


C D Wallbank was a sucessful Brooklands racer in the 1920's and is featured in "History of Brooklands - Volume 2" by Bill Boddy. He is mentioned several times in the text. Amongst his wins was one at the wheel of a 21-litre Benz.

A copy of the book signed by C D Wallbank was auctioned on Ebay on 15th June 2011. Inside was an opened unstamped envelope with C D Wallbank's name and address, suggesting that it was his personal copy.

Source: Ebay auction , 15 June 2011.

He is also mentioned on the Racing Sports Cars website (www.racingsportrscars.com) as competing in a Brooklands 2x12h event on 11th May 1929. He did not finish.



Clergy of the Church of England

William Walbanck (Exeter College, Oxford) ordained deacon at Christchurch, Oxford by Bishop Thomas Secker on 20 May 1749. Ordained priest at Christchurch by Bishop Secker on 10 June 1750.

Thomas Walbank licensed as Curate at Skidby Chapel, Cottingham, Yorks under jurisdiction of Matthew Hutton of York on 20 August 1756.

Thomas Walbanke licensed as Curate at Stainburn Chapel, Kirby Overblow, Yorks under jurisdiction of Bishop John Gilbert on 1 August 1758.

Thomas Walbank resigned as Perpetual Curate of Syainburne, Yorks under jurisdiction of Bishop William Markham on 16 October 1785.

The above Thomases likely to be the same person.

:Source: The Clergy Database. www.theclergydatabase.org.uk



10. Welbank(s)

Freeman of City of York

Robert Welbank, cooper, byorder

From: 'Admissions to the Freedom of York: 16-32 George II (1742-59)', Register of the Freemen of the City of York: Vol. 2: 1559-1759 (1900), pp. 262-289. (British History Online)


Islip. Oxfordshire

There is a brass to Thomas Welbank, rector (d. 1903),

From: 'Parishes: Islip', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6 (1959), pp. 205-219.(Britsih History Online).

(For pre 1700 references , go here)






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