Feb 022016

On Monday, 22 February 2016, Tony Hadland will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Who were the Hildesleys?

Anyone researching local or family history in southern Oxfordshire or west Berkshire is likely to come across occasionalLittle Stoke Manor (921 x 597) mentions of the Hildesley family. Yet finding a cohesive account of who they were has hitherto proved almost impossible. The situation is not helped by the fact that the surname Hildesley occurs in at least two dozen spellings and can begin with an H, an I or even a Y! In this illustrated talk, Tony Hadland traces the story of the main Hildesley line, from the time of Henry VIII until it died out in the 18th century. Along the way, we discover the family’s stance on both sides of the Reformation, why some of their children had to live abroad and why there is a lane in Cholsey called Papist Way. Finally, Tony poses the question of how closely related to the main gentry line of Hildesleys are the many ordinary Oxfordshire and Berkshire folk who today have the surnames Ilsley or Illsley.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.

Non-members are very welcome.
For details of future talks, see www.ofhs.org.uk

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