William (Hilton) Cooke senior

???? - 1829


Also given simply as William Cooke, inherited Chester Castle from his uncle John Hilton c. 1808 when he was described as 'William Cook of Westmoreland.'

  1. The association of William Hilton Cooke (1787-1829) with both the Rookery and with Chester Castle in Jamaica is firmly embedded in histories of Rookery Hall. The will of William Cooke of Worleston Rookery, Nantwich proved in July 1830 in the Chester Court has not yet been examined but is almost certainly the same man.


  1. See for example http://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/rookery-hall/History/ [accessed 02/06/2011] and https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/rookeryhall/welcome/inspirations/our-heritage [accessed 31/08/2016]; Ancestry.com, UK, Extracted Probate Records, 1269-1975 [database on-line].

Further Information

Married but no further details
William Hilton

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1808 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

William Hetton Cooke with his Wife and Children at Worleston Rookery Chester, portrait by John Ferneley... 
notes →
http://www.bsat.co.uk/sites/114/upload/userfiles/ferneley-catalogue.pdf; Bridgeman Art Library BAL13924....

Physical (1)

Country house
Rookery Hall, Worleston [Built] 
description →
Late Georgian country house, built as The Rookery c. 1816 for William Hilton Cooke, significantly modified in the late 19thC and now a hotel. ...

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Worleston Rookery, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, North-west England, England