Although it is believed that the name Royle has been known in Bowdon, and indeed
in much of north east Cheshire, for many centuries research initiated by Harold Royle
(1915 - 2000) in the 1990s was unable to go back, with any certainty, before 1671.
At the time little research had been done on the associated families - the Parretts,
the Coles and the Crisps - but this has now been included thanks to the ready availability
of census, birth, marriage and death records via the several Internet based search
facilities although they have only been tracked back to around the beginning of the
19th century. The earliest traced member of the Parrett family came from Lincolnshire
(contrary to what current members of the family thought) whilst the Coles appear
to have come from Somerset and the Crisps from Norfolk.
This site is intended to be no more than a means of publicising the results of this
research for the wider benefit of others. The records often show variations in the
spelling of names and these are replicated in the trees on the following pages. Nonetheless
errors and omissions are inevitable and any comments would be welcome via our e-mail
To navigate around the site use the menu bar above to access the family trees and
for the additional information use those in the bottom bar. Text in blue is a link
to either another part of the site or family tree, to an external site or to a page
with additional information. A blue cross signifies that there is a little pop-up
note that you can see by hovering your mouse pointer over the cross. We suggest that
you start your tour by reading about Bowdon then looking at the ‘Family Connections’
to understand how the Royles, Parretts, Coles, Crisps and Frosts all come together.
We hope you enjoy browsing the site and find at least something of interest - maybe
even a connection with your own family!