Did you know that Tunnicliffe is a place name, which 800 years ago was written as Tunwalclif, meaning a group of dwellings on top of a cliff?On the outskirts of Whitworth, north of Rochdale, Lancashire, there used to be a Tunnicliffe Road which ran along the top of a rise.Following the Norman conquest, this area was “in the gift of” the Abbot of Whalley Abbey, and there are records that in 1246 a John de Tunwalclif successfully defended his land inheritance in court.
The Tunwalclif/Tonacliffe/Tunnicliff/Tunnicliffe descendants spread from Lancashire to Yorkshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffs and later Nottingham – though Stoke and it’s potteries attracted the majority.And of course, they crossed the Atlantic.
My own Tunnicliffe antecedents are:
Grandfather:Albert (b 20 Aug 1883, Cobridge Rd Stoke) Siblings: Frederick Arther, Emma
G-grandfather: Alfred (b 25 Jul 1853, Temple St, Fenton, Stoke) Siblings: John Upton, William, George, Thomas Henry, Elizabeth Mary, Clara Greatbatch, Elenor.
G-g-grandfather: John (b 30 Jul 1824, Fenton) Siblings: Mary, Hannah, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, Amey, Thomas, Eliza Adams.
G-g-g-grandfather: John (m Elizabeth Greatbatch 9 Aug 1806)
May thanks to Ron Tunnicliff of St Albans for much help with the above.Would love to hear from anyone with possible links or more info.