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Info from David Cant:

Via the website, we have received an email from David Cant.

David says;

"I am 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 of 1928'.

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."

Thanks for the information David.

If anyone visiting our website has any information relating to C17 Akroyds, (however spelt), David would be pleased to hear from you. Simply email us and we will forward it to David.


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