Via the website, I have received an email from David Cant. 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 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
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
contact us through the website and we will gladly put you in contact with