From the Independent Chapel in Pimlico (just off the right of the photo below) ….
The Sir John Warren Inn in the late 1890’s (courtesy of Ilkeston Reference Library)
In 1797 Isaac Attenborough bought the five cottages on this site (from Samuel Coates of Underwood), pulled down two of them and built stables on their site. He converted the other three into an inn and the family lived there until 1878. (Waterhouse)
This gravestone is to be found at St Catherine’s Church, Cossall.
On the left it reads ‘To perpetuate the Memory of Isaac Attenborough who departed this Life on the 13th day of February 1845; Aged 87 Years’.
On the right we see ‘Sacred to the Memory of Jane Attenborough, Wife of Isaac Attenborough, Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Pearson whose Sublunary destiny ended February 26th 1814 in the 52nd Year of her Age. Also near this Place lies Sons of the above’.
I believe that Jane Attenborough is buried in St. Mary’s Church, Ilkeston.
Adeline writes that …. The Sir John Warren Inn was the home of the Attenboroughs.
Isaac was the landlord. He had three sons, and two daughters.
Here Adeline seems to be referring not to Isaac but to Mark Attenborough. The latter was the son of Isaac — mentioned by Edgar Waterhouse (above) and whose gravestone we can see (also above)
Mark had three sons, Isaac, William and Thomas, and two surviving daughters, Jane and Sarah.
His two youngest children, Alice and Ann, died in infancy.
Born in 1788 Mark was a son of farmer and cattle dealer Isaac and Jane (nee Pearson) and is variously described as publican, victualler, maltster, farmer and cattle dealer at Warren’s Arms or the Sir John Warren.
In November 1825 he married Alice Mitchell eldest daughter of William and Sarah (nee Hously). Her family had moved from Calverton in Nottinghamshire to settle in the Pimlico area; we shall meet other members of this family shortly.
Alice died in April 1849 and her husband ten years later.
Both were buried at St. Mary’s church.
Just over six months before his death Mark was presented by members of the Rutland Lodge of Oddfellows, Manchester Unity, with a portrait of himself, the work of John Brassington, portrait painter of Friar Gate, Derby. At the ceremony and presenting the portrait, Dr. Norman spoke warmly of Mark; “none could surpass the integrity and uprightness which had marked Mr. Attenborough’s long career of life… it approved itself to all; to the members of that Lodge especially, whose treasurer he had been for a period of thirty years…”.
Also present at the ceremony was the Rev. Ebsworth, receiving the gift on behalf of Mark – who was too ill to attend — and who added “I believe he has gained the respect of all persons in the parish of every shade of party or politics, and that his character is best told in the words ‘An honest man’s the noblest work of God’. I have no doubt the family will regard the gift as an heirloom, and long cherish the kindly feelings of those by whom it was tendered”.
In the latter half of 1879 William Ball became landlord and in February 1882 the licence was transferred to Edwin Hall.
A couple of years after the death of Isaac Attenborough, in May 1896, the Inn was auctioned off. At that time, and for the previous seven years, it had been occupied by Arthur Tinsley. It was described as having a tap-room, smoke bar, a private tap-room, parlour, kitchen, scullery, dairy, a fine entrance and staircase, billiard room, large club room, private sitting room, nine bedrooms, store room, w.c etc, three excellent cellars (in the rock), brewhouse, coals, out offices, standings for 12 horses, two cart sheds, hay lofts, pig styes, and large open yards. It came with a shop and dwelling house at No, 1 Market Place, (to the right in the photo at the top) and dwelling houses at Nos 1 and 2 Pimlico. (just round the corner to the extreme right).
Next door to the Warren were at one time a row of cottages.