John William Lupton born 1848, Grassington, UK.- Organ Builder
JOHN WILLIAM LUPTON born 1848, son of JACOB LUPTON born 1825, was descended from a long line of lead miners from the Grassington,Hebden and Linton areas of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.
As a boy John too worked at the mine but opted to follow a career as a cabinet maker(good choice)and possibly served his apprenticeship in Bradford.
According to the UK Census of 1881, JWL was married and living in Keighley, West Yorkshire and a partner in "Driver and Lupton - Organ Builders". By 1891 he was back living in Grassington still working as an organ builder and piano tuner. The latter is particularly odd because he was virtually deaf (I know so was Beethoven).
According to an article in the Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard, JWL retired in 1920 and went to live with his eldest son WILLIAM HENRY LUPTON in Long Preston. William Henry was groom and chauffeur to the famous philanthropist, Sir Walter Morrison of Malham Tarn House.
John had two other sons; FREDERICK LUPTON who was postmaster/postman at Burnsall, Yorkshire and HERBERT LUPTON, my grandfather who was a groomsman on a country estate near Manchester (that's hard to imagine now).
Another article from the Craven Herald in 1930, reported John's death at the age of 82, at High Parrock Farm, Barrowford, Colne, Lancashire.
If anyone has any links or information to this line I would be very interested to hear from them.
JW worked in partnership for a few years while based in Keighey, Wesy Yorkshire. Below is an advert from the 1878 Craven Directory for Driver and Lupton - Organ Builders
Regards, Tony Brigg