We have received an email from David Cant. via the
website. David is researching
a group of building craftsmen who were active in the Halifax area in the late
C16 and C17. It includes several members of the 'Akroyd' family, principally
stonemasons. Some of them moved to Oxford where they built parts of Merton College
and the Bodleian Library.
Details are in an article in the Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society
The transactions also have a number of articles on the Akroyd family, including
a pedigree drawn up in 1948, and in the transactions for 1911 the early history
and connections with Akroyd in Wadsworth township, grid ref SD 995 291, at Pecket
Well, just north of Hebden Bridge. These might be of interest to the people
viewing our website.
The first mention of the surname in George Redmond's book on Yorkshire surnames
- Part 3, Halifax and District gives 1381 John de Aykeroide. He also has references
to the family in Doncaster and London in the C15.
A site that might be useful to all Ackroyd researchers is
http://www.cfhsweb.co.uk which is the Calderdale Family History Society.
If anyone visiting our website has any information relating to C17 Akroyds,
(however spelt), David would be pleased to hear from you. You can
through the website and we will gladly put you in contact with him.