Edwin Coldwell’s Autobiography

Edwin Coldwell 1907 to 1990     See in Family Tree Charming personal stories written by my father who was from a typical working class family in the Huddersfield area at the height of the successful textile industry. The broad lapelled suit he is wearing is made from the famous worsted cloth manufactured in the area. Father became a respected worsted …

Site Launched

Welcome to the new Coldwell Family History site.  We are now using WordPress and The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (“TNG”) to present our information to you.    

York Prison

Executed The Executions list Until 1837 a vast range of crimes in England incurred the death penalty. Many thieves and burglars were sentenced to hang along with the murderers and highway robbers, but in fact most of them were reprieved and had their death sentences commuted to transportation instead. A last-minute reprieve was not always …

Some interesting persons having the Coldwell surname.

John Coldwell c.1350 The 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 …

Listen to local dialect speech

Click above to listen to an example of dialect speech used in the area where the Coldwell family originated. A translation: …….Honley Cricket Club. One of the characters who came was John Hobson who came with a big basket selling pork pies. They called them Jots’s “penny puzzles”. Puzzle was to find the meat! One …

Penistone Notes

Brief overview The meaning of Penistone is Old English tun “farm, village” and possibly the Celtic penn meaning hill. In 1066 Penistone was owned by Ailric. After the Norman Conquest it was razed to the ground in 1069 in the Harrying of the North; the Domesday Book described the settlement in 1086 as “waste”. There’s evidence that …