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Archibald Worthington: Philanthropist

Archibald Worthington was born around 1793, one of the sons of Samuel Worthington who founded the Herculaneum Pottery in Liverpool in 1796.

The Worthington family resided at ‘The Mount’ in Bargates. In 1827 the Poor Rate Valuation Book for Whitchurch recorded 51 buildings in that street. The most highly valued single property was listed as being owned by S. Worthington, Esquire. The description was ‘Mount House, pleasure gardens, etc’ and had a rateable value of £48 per annum.

Exterior view of the Mount
The Mount

By 1828 Archibald was listed as one of the proprietors of the Herculaneum Pottery. In 1836 his father Samuel retired from his various commercial ventures and died at Whitchurch in 1847 aged 87. His will was published in “The Law Times” that year.

Archibald Worthington was one of the trustees of the Elizabeth Turton Charity. In 1859 he and another trustee, Mr Henry Corser, purchased £1300 of bank annuities in their names in order to increase the charity’s funds.

Mr Worthington also paid for the construction of the Working Men’s Hall on Castle Hill which opened in 1866. As well as the gift of the hall he gave an endowment of £500 to pay for its maintenance. The building is still used today and is known as the ‘Archibald Worthington Club’

Archibald Worthington died in 1872 aged 80.