Rochdale Royds family

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Rochdale Royds Family 

The family have links with Rochdale and Halifax dating back to the 


During the 17th and 18th century the Royds family 

John Royds of Castleton 1730 owned looms cattle, farms and land around Rochdale

James Royds of Falinge, purchased land at Brown hill ,nearby a public house of the same name still resides to this date. Clement Royds church was built. later.

St Clements. 


 James Royds 1689-1757 (68)  Mary Royds 1712-1799 (87)

James Royds of Falinge purchased land at Brownhill and later, in the same vicinity, built Mount Falinge. now falinge park,Mount Falinge was built inland between Cronkeyshaw and Falinge Road. The 18-acre park stretched from the junction of Sheriff Street and Falinge Road to Cronkeyshaw.  James Royd also bought the Brotherod estate      John Royds 1st son of James and Mary.                                                                             John Royds(1729-99)(69) -Ann Royds (d-1770)(34)                                            

   2nd son James Royds(1758-1842) married    Mary Royds of Rochdale (1784-1816), the fourth and youngest daughter of Charles Smith and Theodosia Ann Eyre of Lisbon.                                                                         They had 12 children, of which Clement was the eldest.    Clement Royds (1785-1854) married Jane,      (1788-1853)     the daughter of Charles Hudson of Halifax, in 1810.                                                                      On the 11th September 1811, their first child, Albert Hudson Royds.           


Letter 1810 property of Rochdale Direct  Adressed to James Royds 7th may 1810 from his brother Thomas in Portugal

Royds Rochdale letter

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1845 clement Royds

 Albert Hudson Royds,  was born at Mount Falinge.                    He was followed by Emma, Edmond, William Edward, John and Julia. 

All Street names around St Edmunds Church.

Rochdale Bank fiver


Royds development of the bank note

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All these bankers - the Rawsons, the Briggs and the Royds - were woolen manufacturers. The Royds were a long established family in the area: the name is the local word for the old English assart, meaning a land cleared for cultivation. The family owned a fulling mill down to have existed at the time of Elizabeth I and by the mid eighteenth century purchased the estate - with suitable coat of arms - which they still possessed in the twentieth century

At Rochdale, Rhodes and Briggs sold out to Clement Royds in 1827. Collectors well may associate Rochdale with the proof Fenton and Raby note, particularly as this was included in a set of notes reproduced in 1970 on thin card. The Royd's note is uncommon indeed, and has as a vignette, the superb Pistrucci George and Dragon featured on the gold sovereign coinage introduced in 1816 in place of the guinea coins of the previous 160 years. Royds was probably emphasising the pound denomination of his notes in contrast to the guinea values then gradually going out of use all over the country.

Clement died in 1854 and was succeeded by his sons Albert and William, both of whom had been with the bank since its inception. The firm's style remained as Clement Royds & Co throughout its existence. The next generation included another Clement C M Royds. He also became a magistrate and High Sheriff of Lancashire - and this Clement outdid his grandfather in achieving his ambition of becoming a Member of Parliament. He became a partner in about 1867, in which year the firm abandoned banknote issue and he was the senior partner by 1875. *

  Source Banking History  Wikipedia,                              The history of Rochdale-Henry Fishwick

1895 Clement Royds Conservative

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Royds Family history 

Alberts Royds Memorial                                                          

     to his parents Clement and Jane Royds


The church of St Edmunds

clement and jane Royds family

St Edmunds church 1873 

 St Edmund’s Church (or the Church of St Edmund) is a redundant church building located on Clement Royds Street in the Falinge area ofRochdale, in Greater Manchester, England. Commissioned by Rochdale's local industrialist and Freemason Albert Royds, the construction of the building was completed to a high and rich specification in 1873, with an "enormous" cost of around £25,000 (£1.64 million as of 2013).[1][2] It is the only known church building in England so overtly dedicated to Masonic symbolism and is therefore unique within English architecture.[3]

Art critic Nikolaus Pevsner described the building as "Rochdale's temple to Freemasonry, a total concept as exotic as Roslin Chapel in Scotland".[1] Because of the building's craftsmanship, design and prevalent Masonic theme, St Edmund's Church was designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building in 1985. The church closed for worship in 2007, and in 2009, The Victorian Society identified the building as "unusual and extraordinary" but also critically endangered.[1] St Edmund's heritage status was upgraded to a Grade I listing in 2010 in recognition of its unique Masonic architecture and exceptional architectural interest.[3] * Wiki 

 Sir Edmund Royds OBE, DL (6 July 1860 – 31 March 1946)[1][2] was an English solicitor and Conservative Party politician. He practised law in London, and held a country seat in Lincolnshire, from where he was returned to the House of Commons from 1910 to 1922, and held numerous local offices.

Thomas Royds was born April 11, 1884 in Moorside, near Oldham, Lancashire, UK. He was the third son of Edmund Royds and Mary Butterworth. His father was a cotton spinner and his mother had been a cotton weaver. His eldest brother, Robert Royds, who was 6 years older than Thomas, became an engineer and wrote books on temperature measurement and on the design of steam locomotives.

Rochdale Royds crest

Some of the decendants of the Royds family moved to Australia and still have land rights in Rochdale. 

Rochdale history

Royds Family Crest. 

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Royds family tree from the book

 History of Rochdale by Henry Fishwick 1889                                 pg 511 download book

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