The Sussex Wildlifer
Strangwayes: The Story of a Yorkshire Family, of Royalty, Norman Earls and Feudal Barons


The name of Strangwayes has been traced back to the 1300s when the family lived at Strangwayes Hall near Manchester, now the site of the prison and law courts bearing the same name. Various members migrated away from the area, notably to Dorset and Yorkshire and my book details the genealogy of the Yorkshire families. Notably, it also tells of the ladies, and their ancestry, from many families of great importance who married into the Strangwayes line.

Completed in 2002, copies of my book are available to read at the Society of Genealogists in London and York City Archives. This genealogical study details the Strangwayes families of Yorkshire and contains numerous family trees and details of many of the individual family members. It does not contain details of the Dorset families.

The earliest records show that in 1385 John, Thomas and Henry de Strangwayes, Esquires, were engaged by the King for a period of one year to guard the donjon at Cherbourg. As John was paid a third more than the other two, this suggests that he was the eldest and may even have been the father of both Thomas and Henry. It also seems clear that Henry was the same person who, on his return, moved to Yorkshire.

As the title implies, the book also details the many family connections to royalty and other great Yorkshire families. The print run was limited to only twenty copies and there are now no copies of the book available for distribution but it may be possible to provide copies of the original digital files to anyone interested in the family history of this once great Yorkshire name.