Richard Hilton 1789 - 1852


Born in Loughborough, Leicestershire


Apparently had a daughter who lived to the age of 73 but I don’t know anything else about her


Married Frances Barker from Ripponden


Son Frederick Hilton is born (in Hull)


Daughter Frances Mountsey Hilton is born (in Hull)


Pigot’s Directory of Yorkshire, Whitby.  Richard Hilton listed as Pipe Maker




Richard takes on landlordship of the Plough on Baxtergate


Whitby Directory.  Listed as Pipe Maker on page 5 and landlord of The Plough on page 19


Married Ann Selton 23 January


Census.  Age 50, Publican, Baxtergate with Ann age 40.  Also in the household is son Frederick age 30 pipemaker, George Cuthbert age 15 pipe maker, John Judge age 25 pipe maker and Elizabeth Nun age 20 whose occupation is F S, I don’t know what that means.


Widowed, Ann & Richard had a son Richard but I don’t know anything else about him


Married Jane Lowry


Richard ceases to be landlord of the Plough


Census.  Age 63, head, pipe maker employing 1 man and 2 apprentices, Baxtergate.  With wife Jane and also Richard Harrison age 17 described as son of the head of the house (is Jane’s son?), he is also a Richard’s apprentice


Richard dies on 17th March age 64. 


The Plough, 19 Baxtergate, Whitby - Richard Hilton is listed as landlord 1837 - 1849.

Taken from Pubs and Inns of Whitby by Colin Waters

“The Plough premises of the present day are an enlargement on the original buildings which was altered at roughly the same time as the JOLLY SAILORS, taking in the building which was situated next door to the Plough on the Eastern sided.  Its original name was the SPEED THE PLOUGH, however it is not surprising that such an ungainly title soon became shortened to its present form.  In 1904 the police objected to the renewal of the pubs licence and proposed its closure.  A description of the time says that the premises had good sanitation but the four public rooms were low dark and badly ventilated.  The Police objected to the main entrance (possibly the present side entrance), which was down a dark passage from Baxtergate.  Another objection put forward was that although there were sixteen licensed houses with a radius of two hundred yards, the area had a considerable working class population and the premises were too small for the neighbourhood’s requirements.  It was said at the inquiry that the brewery had put forward plans for more spacious improvements at the last Brewster sessions, but that these had not been sanctioned by the court.  Giving evidence for the pub were William Barrett (Provision Dealer of Baxtergate), who said he had known the pub for 40 years and that it required for the neighbourhood.  Henry Bryan a joiner agreed saying he had known the house all his life, having been born there.  Thomas Bland of 65 Baxtergate and Joseph Brown said it was used and needed by casual callers.  It would appear that the ‘witnesses’ words were heeded and the brewery’s plans were eventually accepted, as alteration and enlargement ensured its licence was renewed.” 




Photo and caption taken from ‘Around Whitby’ by DG Sythes

(The photograph shows the name Richardson above the door, according to Colin Waters book Richardson was the landlord 1921-1925)

The Plough, Baxtergate, Whitby, 2006


Richard also had a clay tobacco pipe making business with someone called Harland.  The business was based in Baxtergate.



When you visit Whitby and you go up the 199 steps to visit the Abbey, have a wander around St Mary’s church yard at the top of the steps.  Richard Hilton is buried with relatives at the far end of the Church yard.  The headstone backs up against the wall that runs along the top of the cliff, the inscription reads:


In memory of Frances wife of Richard Hilton who died March 12th 1835 aged 60 years also Ann second wife of the above who died March 27th 1842 aged 44 years.  Also the above Richard Hilton who died March 17th 18__ aged 64 years.  Also Frederick son of Richard and Francis Hilton who departed _ _ _ _ _ Nov 28th _ _ _ _ _rs _ _ _ _lton son of _ _ _ _ Hilton the above Richard Hilton.




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