The Royles of Bowdon
The Frost Connection


Who’s That?

The Yeomen


Links & Thanks

Family Connections

The Downs Inn

We have to thank Peter & Jenny Cowley for their encouragement, technical advice and contribution to the research; Peter’s site at offered much inspiration. We are also grateful for access to the research of Anthony Frost who’s family and ours has a common ancestor three generations ago: Anthony’s work has been useful in both adding to and confirming our own research whilst he has contributed photographs as credited. Anthony’s family web site is at


We also thank the Senior Archivist of  the Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies for his permission to use copies of the tithe maps of Bowdon and Altrincham. Have a look at their excellent e-mapping of  Victorian Cheshire at


The Altrincham tithe map is at:


The Bowdon tithe map is at:


The book ‘Bygone Altrincham’ by Charles Nickson, published in 1935 is an informative and entertaining background to the town.


There are many photographs of Altrincham and Bowdon, including the churches, on the excellent  ‘Trafford Lifetimes’ web site at and on the Francis Frith web site at


To see the distribution of surnames in 1881 and 1998 have a look at ‘National Trust Names’ at