Pontefract is about 6 miles from Hemsworth in the West Riding.

The Pomfret Castle was constructed in 1070, and is the place of the death of

King Richard II in 1400.

The  two churches in Pontefract were St Giles and All Saints ( c 1300’s)

There seems to have been only a few Roydhouse records in the history of Pontefract.

The close dates of events would suggest siblings:

  • Thomas Roydhouse baptised a son Thomas in 1669, and buried him in 1670.
  • William Roydhouse married Sara Haley in 1669
  • Ann Roydhouse married John English in 1670

A Rachel Roydhouse married Richard Brook in 1690.

Another generation of Roydhouses in Pontefract included Mary who

married Thomas Cross in 1721 and John who married an Ann Walker in 1723.

Thomas Roydhouse married Elizabeth Pickup on the 2nd April 1716 and his

son Thomas was baptised in January 1718, and buried in 1719 at St Giles Pontefract.

This could be my great ,great ,great ,great, great, great grandparents

Thomas and Elizabeth who baptised Henry Roydhouse in London in 1730.

I can find no other baptisms or burials for this couple in Pontefract between

1719 and  1730, some 11 years later.


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