James & Carol (nee Nolan) Ackroyd

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October 2003

It was Monday October 20, 2003 and I made my way into Doncaster to meet a train coming from London. It had been quite a nice day but as evening approached the weather turned to rain. The train arrived and I met Richard and Valerie Ackroyd for the first time when they stepped off it. Outside the station we got a taxi to take them to their hotel. There I left them to eat and rest after their long journey from Portland, Oregon, USA.

At 10am the following day I went along to their hotel with my husband Jim. From there we went to meet Keith my brother-in-law. Jim and Keith are the fourth cousins once removed of Richard. 

First of all we did a tour of Old Edlington and the area that the ancestors once lived, although it has changed over the years. We then went on to St Peter's Church and took a look around the churchyard. In the churchyard are the graves of Joseph and Ann (nee Grayson) Ackroyd, Joseph and Elizabeth (nee Mitchell) Ackroyd and George and Emily Jane (nee Dixon) Ackroyd. There are also some of their children buried there too. We were also very fortunate to be able to look around the inside of the Church as the Church has been closed for a number of years. This was the first time for Jim, Keith and myself as we had only seen the church from the outside until this day. 

The next stop was Conisbrough to show Richard and Valerie the area as many of our Ackroyd ancestors lived here as well as Edlington. We took them to Wellgate where a lot of our ancestors lived. It is understood that John Ackroyd (1793 - 1849) once owned Wellgate. From there we went to St Peter's Church, Conisbrough. We then went on to the cemetery on Doncaster Road. By this time we were ready for lunch.

Taking in a couple of views we made our way to the Pastures Lodge for lunch. There we met Keith's daughter who joined us there. After a relaxed lunch we said goodbye to Keith and made our way to Meadowhall to make a couple of purchases. We then made our way to Bingley to take Richard and Valerie to the hotel there, where they were staying that night. Here we said goodbye to them. We are hoping that we will all be able to meet up again, perhaps next year.

By Carol Ackroyd

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