James Warner - A Local Hero ?

To the West of Garforth Church, beyond the shade of Yew and Holly, lies the Warner family grave. It is unremarkable, anonymous amongst the memorials of other Garforth families to whom James Warner would have been familiar as a land agent and nurseryman.

Recently however, it has been asserted that James Warner is to be credited with the development of the apple variety, "Warner's King," an apple still well-known nationally.

He; on this basis, would count amongst the men whom Thomas Carlyle; in Queen Victoria's reign, classified as a "Local Hero." Such men; Carlyle proclaimed, were they who, by their efforts, had improved the lot of their fellows.

This prompts the thought, "How many other Garforth notables lie anonymously around Garforth Church?"

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Warners King Apples

At the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Garforth had something of a national reputation as a centre of soft-fruit growing. Was it a mere accident that the newly established Leeds University chose to establish the innovatory centre for agriculture at the manor farm,on the Barwick road ?

Whilst Mr Warner had several plots around Garforth, the location of James Warners Nursery appears to have been on Plots 286 and 287 of the Tithe maps 1836-51 of the Garforth Township. The location of these plots and their position in relation to current features is detailed on the following map, please click on the Tracks in Time logo to open in a new window...

Tithe Map

Map supplied by kind permission of West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, Reference: RDP27/38.