Some interesting persons having the Coldwell surname.

John Coldwell c.1350

interesting1The first documented reference to a Coldwell person was found in the Wakefield Court Rolls for year 1376:

“John de Coldewelle involved in a dispute with John de Malleshedde at Austonley”
[Translated from Medieval Latin]

Austonley is a hamlet in the Holme valley near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.

640 years later the webmaster has the same name and a house only 3 miles from Austonley!


John Coldwell 1535-1596

Bishop Salisbury CrestHe graduated in 1555 from St John’s College, Cambridge and in 1560 became the lessee of the ancient hospital of the Maison Dieu in Ospringe, on the outskirts of Faversham. In 1564 he became a doctor of medicine. Coldwell was ordained deacon in London and later was installed dean of Rochester in 1581. When the bishop of Salisbury moved to York early in 1589, he was promised the vacant see but was not consecrated, however, until end 1591. The delay was caused by manoeuvres at court, centering on a rival candidate and still more, on Sir Walter Raleigh’s determination to secure the manor of Sherborne. To add to his difficulties he also inherited a running battle with the citizens of Salisbury concerning taxes but this did not prevent his being an effective bishop. Coldwell was the first bishop of Salisbury to be married. He died, at Salisbury, in 1596, in such poverty that he had to be buried ‘suddenly and secretly’ in the grave that had once been Bishop Wyvil’s in Salisbury Cathedral.

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William Coldwell 1694/5-1802

William Coldwell was born 1694/5 on the Isle of Ely, England and died aged 108 in Nova Scotia, Canada. At age 11, William’s father died leaving his mother still young and very well-off. At 16 he opposed his mother’s remarriage and a plot led to him being press-ganged into the Navy. He deserted ship in Boston, USA and was “adopted” by a farmer. Later he married there and in 1760 the Coldwell family joined the New England Planters in Nova Scotia. The Coldwell name has ramified in Canada and there have been more than 2000 Coldwell descendants born there as a result of the press-gang!

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John Coldwell c.1790

Mentioned in the Australian New South Wales Settler and Convict Lists:
Arrival Date: Jul 1814, Vessel: Surry, Captain: Patterso
Conviction: Old Bailey in 1813 and transported for 7 Years.
How disposed of: Govt. Labourer in the colony.


William Edward Coldwell 1795-1867

Born Wakefield, Yorkshire and was admitted sizar at St Catherines, Cambridge, 1814 obtaining a MA degree in 1821. He was ordained deacon at Norwich in 1818 and was Rector of Stafford St Mary, 1822-67. Vicar of Sandon, 1827-67.

William Edward married Mary, daughter of James Norman, Esq., of Mistley, Essex. He died April 13, 1867, aged 72, at The Hermitage, Marlborough. He left four sons, all Oxford graduates, and all in Holy Orders; the 2nd son, Francis Henry, took the name of Thicknesse.

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Robert Coldwell 1803-1856

Robert, born and died in Wakefield, owned a Worsted and Woollen yarn spinning business at Sandal, Wakefield employing several hundred workers. He failed in business because he insisted on shielding a partner from the crime of embezzlement (specifically defalcation). The partner when dying, made him promise not to reveal what he had done for his wife’s sake. This ruined Robert and some of his children were brought up by relations. His son Robert Hanson was brought up by his uncle, Thomas Coldwell, rector of Green’s Norton.

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Francis Henry Coldwell-Thicknesse 1829-1922

He was educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1853 and two years later was made Vicar of Deane, Lancashire. Appointed Rural Dean of Bolton le Moors in 1857 he was later Archdeacon of Northampton before his elevation to the Episcopate. Francis was the inaugural Suffragan Bishop of Leicester from 1888 until 1903. His last post before retirement was as Rector of Oxendon, Northamptonshire. At his death he was the oldest Anglican Bishop. There is a memorial to him in Wigan Parish Church.

He changed his name by royal licence to Thicknesse. It was his wife Ann’s maiden name and in 1854 her brother Ralph Thicknesse drowned in a boating accident on Windermere, he was the only son of Ralph Anthony Thicknesse, M.P. for Wigan, and the last in his line, and Francis Henry Coldwell was asked to change his name to Thicknesse so that the Thicknesse name would live on and he would provide a successor for the Thicknesse estate. The marriage yielded five sons and two daughters.

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Clement Leigh Coldwell 1833-1903

Highly regarded Priest in Scottish Episcopal Church in Stirling. Rev. Coldwell was greatly concerned with the poorer members of society. Around 1880, many of the large mansions in the Old Town had fallen upon evil days and were rapidly turning into tenements, some of which housed very poor families living in very poor conditions. Rev. Coldwell took the bold step of asking the Mother Superior of St Margaret’s Community in Aberdeen for help and she agreed to allow some of her Sisters to come and work in Stirling. The Sisters, wearing their habits rapidly earned the respect and love of those to whom they ministered. Before the days of district nurses and social workers their devotion to the sick and needy, particularly in the Old Town, was invaluable.

Holy Trinity School, though praised for its work and atmosphere, found in 1882 its premises virtually condemned, with a considerable loss of grant. So anxious was Rev. Coldwell to keep his school as “an outpost for carrying on the Holy War against sin and ignorance” that instead of handing it over to the School Board, he determined to rebuild it, even though many additional expenses had to be met. By tremendous efforts, he achieved his aim. In March 1884 the site and its new buildings were made over to the congregation “for its use and behoof” and secured as church property in perpetuity.

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Henry Herbert Coldwell-Horsfall 1856-1941

Part of a reel of wire

Owner of a noted wire manufacturing company. Henry Herbert was an owner of the wire and wire rope manufacturer, Webster and Horsfall, which he inherited from his “father”. In 1865 the steel wire, some 16,000 miles long, for sheathing the first successful Transatlantic telegraph cable was made by the company, (see picture). The company also improved the manufacture of piano wire giving them a near monopoly.

At the time of Henry Herbert’s birth his registered father Thomas Henry was embroiled in a difficult bankruptcy involving family members and it is not clear if he was living with Henry Herbert’s mother at the time. Thomas Henry Coldwell, did not leave England to live in America until 1860 yet it is claimed by some family members that Henry Herbert’s mother was in residence with the company owner, James Horsfall, at his home, Heathfield, 9 months before his birth in 1856 and that Henry Herbert was in fact the natural son of James Horsfall. A fact hotly disputed by other members of the family. James Horsfall legally adopted Henry Herbert as his son and heir after marrying his mother, Elizabeth Coldwell in 1870. Consequently in 1877 Herbert Henry Coldwell changed his surname to Coldwell-Horsfall by deed poll.

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Wellon Marcellous Coldwell c. 1857

Yukon Gold Miner

In 1887 Mellon was in Louisville, Kentucky and his occupation was given as “conductor” (music?). Some twelve years later, on 23 Dec 1899, Mellon, obtained a Western Land Grant at Dawson City, Yukon for Mines and Mineral, Manitoba and N.W.T. It is not known why he bought this in 1899 when the gold rush which started in 1886 was nearing conclusion. In 1910 Mellon is shown as a survivor of the American civil war.

Picture shows a typical miner working a handmade sluice box during the Great Klondike Gold Rush.


George Robson Coldwell 1858-1924

Canadian Conservative Politician

Coldwell was born in Darlington, Canada West and moved with his family to Hullett Township in 1860. He was educated at Trinity College in Toronto and received a BA degree and called to the bar in 1882. He entered provincial politics in Brandon and was appointed to cabinet in 1907 and named Minister of Education in 1908. In 1912, Coldwell introduced amendments to the education act which many Manitobans believed implied that the government wanted to reintroduce funding for separate Catholic schools. In 1915, the administration was forced to resign from office after a report found the government guilty of corruption in the tendering of contracts for new legislative buildings and Coldwell resigned from cabinet. Coldwell was indicted on charges of fraud for his role in the contracts scandal, but the first trial resulted in a hung jury and charges against Coldwell were later dropped. The Rural Municipality of Coldwell was named for him.

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Robert William Coldwell 1859-1941

Canadian railroad engineer. Robert William was a civil engineer who worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada. He was in charge of blasting operations and the laying of the rail road bed around the north part of Lake Superior during the 1880’s.

The village of Port Coldwell, Ontario, located on the C P R main line between Schreiber and White river, and near Marathon, was named after him in 1884. Around the 1920’s, a fishing tug “Coldwell”, named after R W Coldwell operated out of port Coldwell. His last expressed wish was that he be buried in Coldwell town which was agreed by the Company and several officials from Montréal attended his funeral there to pay the company’s last respects. Robert William had been one of that adventurous group who had forged the railway through this forbidding terrain. Today Coldwell is a ghost town.

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Vincent Coldwell 1880-1916

Captain Indian Army Cavalry who died in Basra, Iraq
Roll of Honour:
COLDWELL, VINCENT, Capt., 4th Indian Cavalry, son of the late Major and Adjutant Robert Hanson Coldwell, 1st Battn., The Shropshire Rifle Volunteers, and his wife, Clare daughter of Thomas Henry Hope-Edwardes. Born Shrewsbury, 1880 and educated Borlase, Great Marlow.

Vincent joined the Shropshire Militia in May, 1899 and obtained a commission in the 19th Hussars 1902. He was transferred to the Indian Army 1904 and promoted Lieut. 7 Jun, 1905, and Capt. 1911. He was left in charge of the Regimental Depot when the Regiment went on active service in 1914 and sent to Mesopotamia in 1915, to rejoin the regiment, and died at Basra 1916, of typhoid fever, contracted while on active service. Buried at Basra. He married at Allahabad 1906, Adeline Mary, daughter of the late Joseph Parker Morris.

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Colbert Nathaniel Coldwell 1883-1967

Founder of international COLDWELL BANKER real estate business.

Coldwell was a Colorado native who enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1902 and left in 1904 when he found he could make money in real estate. After the devastating earthquake and fire in San Francisco in 1906, young real estate agent Colbert Coldwell saw the need for honest, knowledgeable and professional real estate services to help the city rebuild. In 1913, Benjamin Banker joined the firm as a salesman, and he and Colbert Coldwell quickly discovered they held similar views and ethics. Banker became a partner in 1914, and the two remained active in the company throughout their lives.

Over the years, Colbert wore many civic hats: He was a president and a director of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, served on the San Francisco Parks Commission, founded the San Francisco Bureau of Government Research and was a director of the Golden Gate International Exposition. He died in 1967 at 84, never having retired.

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Major James William Coldwell 1889-1974

Coldwell was born in Devon, England 1888 – became Leader of Canadian Socialist party 1942 to 1960.

Major is his name – not a military rank. Name probably came from the street where the family lived in 1891, Major Terrace.

In 1932, when the Saskatchewan Farmer-Labour Party was formed in 1932, Coldwell was chosen to be its first leader. In the 1935 federal election, Coldwell was elected to the Canadian House of Commons. He split with CCF party leader J.S. Woodsworth when World War II broke out in 1939. Woodsworth, a pacifist, opposed the war effort, while Coldwell and the rest of the CCF caucus supported the war. In 1942 Woodsworth resigned as CCF leader and Coldwell was unanimously elected the CCF party’s new leader. He led the party through five general elections. Coldwell had a moderating influence on party policy. In the 1958 election, Coldwell lost his seat, and the party was reduced to a rump of eight MPs. Coldwell retired as party leader in 1960 but remained an elder statesman in the party until his death in 1974. In 1964 he became a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and in 1967 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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George Cecil (Cec) Coldwell 1929-2008

Professional footballer at Sheffield He was a professional footballer who played in the position of right-back for Sheffield United from 1951 to 1966.

Coldwell signed for Sheffield United in 1951 from local side Norton Woodseats FC for a fee of £10.00, and although a late developer, played in over 600 matches for the Blades including 410 league games which included 2 rare goals! The Captain of possibly the greatest Sheffield United team ever – the 1961 promotion team, he retired as a player in 1966. He joined the coaching staff at Bramall Lane, and was instrumental with the Manager – John Harris in their successful promotion in 1971 coaching world class players including Tony Currie and Alan Woodward. He had 2 stints as Acting Manager in 1975 and 1977-78. Later he ran a Newsagents in Sheffield and Cheadle Hulme before retiring to Poynton near Stockport.

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William Rodney Coldwell 1932-1995

Football Manager

William Rodney “Bill” Coldwell (4 June 1932 – 8 December 1995) was an English football manager and scout. Born in Petersfield, Hampshire, Coldwell played football for Weymouth and also played two first-class cricket matches for the MCC against Cambridge University in the mid-1950s. He was employed as a scout by Birmingham City and acted as caretaker manager on two occasions. Birmingham remained unbeaten under his management. He persuaded most of the significant number of out-of-contract players to sign new contracts and not to follow a previous manager out of the club. In April 1993 he replaced Len Ashurst as manager of Southern League Weymouth. Unable to prevent relegation to the Southern Division, he stabilised the club and achieved a mid-table finish with a young side in the 1992–93 season, but was sacked in September 1993. Coldwell died in Bristol at the age of 63.

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Leonard John Coldwell 1933-1966

English cricketer

Played in seven Tests for England from 1962 to 1964. Coldwell was a right-arm fast-medium bowler who was, for a few years in the early to mid-1960s, half of a respected and feared new-ball partnership in English county cricket. With his bowling partner Jack Flavell, Coldwell was the attacking force behind the unprecedented success of Worcestershire which brought the county its first successes in the County Championship in 1964 and 1965. In 1961, Coldwell took 140 wickets and finished sixth in the national averages; the following year, his best, he took 152 wickets and was fourth. But he was increasingly affected by hip and knee injuries, and his wicket tally declined across the later 1960s, and he retired during the 1969 season, returning to Devon. Coldwell was not much of a batsman: in 15 years of first-class cricket, he failed to reach 40 runs in an innings.

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Pedro Joaquin Coldwell 1950 –

Born Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Joaquín Coldwell is a Mexican politician affiliated to the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Joaquín Coldwell has occupied different positions within the PRI and in the public service. He has been director general of the Fondo Nacional para el Desarrollo Turístico (FONATUR) and general secretary of his party. From 1979 to 1980, he held a seat in the Chamber of Deputies, representing Quintana Roo’s First District. He served as Governor of Quintana Roo from 1981 to 1987. In 1998 President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León appointed him Ambassador to Cuba. In the general election of July 2, 2006, he was elected to the Senate for the PRI, representing the state of Quintana Roo. In 2012 the PRI’s national council selected Sen. Pedro Joaquin Coldwell to lead the party through 2015. The 61-year-old Coldwell said that his party, which governed Mexico from 1929 to 2000 without interruption, “has renewed itself (and) is ready for the triumph” at the polls…. 2016 update – now the Secretary for Energy for Mexico.

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Pattie Coldwell 1952-2002

Popular outspoken UK TV personality

Patricia A (Pattie) Coldwell, born Clitheroe, Lancashire twice married (one daughter) and died Newbury, Berkshire. The trademark of the television presenter and broadcaster was her distinctive Lancashire accent, gravelly voice and outspoken manner.

Pattie was the daughter of a policeman. After leaving Clitheroe Royal Grammar school, she worked as a secretary, and 92 letters to TV companies brought her a job offer from Granada in Manchester as a regional TV reporter. Her distinctive on-screen presence soon made her a household name in the north-west. Appearances on Nationwide between 1980 and 1983 led to a string of other broadcasting credits.

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Paul V Coldwell 1952-

British Artist

Paul was born in London and studied fine art at the West of England College of Art and then printmaking at the Slade School of Art. He was appointed Subject Leader MA Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts and in 1998 took over as project leader for a research project “The Integration of Computers within Fine art practice” and developed his interest in the use of digital technology within Printmaking. In 2001 he was appointed Professor at The University of the Arts London. His curatorial practice includes Digital Responses for the V&A. In addition to his teaching and studio practice, he worked with Paula Rego on all her etchings including the Nursery Rhymes and Peter Pan. His book, Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective provides a broad overview of the history of printmaking with a focus on contemporary approaches to both new and old print technologies. Coldwell’s practice embraces printmaking, bookworks and sculpture.

Print image: Lines and Branches 2012

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Terrance Mark (Terry) Coldwell 1974-

Member of East 17 Pop group.

With the notable exception of Take That, East 17 were the most successful teen-oriented dance-pop band in Britain of the early ’90s. Led by songwriter Tony Mortimer, the group initially tried to emulate American rap and hip-hop, before settling down into a commercial fusion of new jack R&B, hip-hop beats, rap, and pop melodies. Comprised of four vocalists/rappers — Tony Mortimer (born Anthony Michael Mortimer, October 21, 1970), Brian Harvey (born Brian Lee Harvey, August 8, 1974), Terry Coldwell (born Terence Mark Coldwell, July 21, 1974), and John Hendy (born Jonathan Darren Hendy, March 26, 1971) — East 17 were formed in London in 1991. Taking their name from their local London postal code in Walthamstow, the group began their musical career by imitating American rap outfits, eventually finding inspiration from urban soul and dance music as well.

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