The name Wallwork is said to derive from Walworth meaning the "holding of the foreigner" but it is popular belief that the local Wallworks in the Clifton area got their name from dry-wall building, an industry requiring skill and a popular method of fencing in Lancashire in olden days.
The family has a long history of working in stone, as instanced in Ringley Chapel, the Woodgate walls to contain the highway, and sinking and tunnelling in the surrounding collieries.
The earliest mention of the name, so far as is known, is in the will of Sir John Pilkington dated 1420, which says that a "William Wallwork owned a pasture called Ringleye".
Another record states that a Peter Wallwork held a hide of land there in 1550, and later the famous Nathan had a brother living in Clifton, so that it is evident that the local family came from there.
A few interesting extracts from Clifton diaries of old:
(Extract from The History of Clifton, by Alfred Gaskell)
The WALLWORK Family History