I have researched my family name and have discovered that by far the largest community of SIDDALLs occurs in the village of Stoney Middleton in the Derbyshire peak district
Part of the vilage was once a centre for the Derbyshire lead mining industry and many lead drift mines where situated on the SIDEHILLS just south of the village .This land was owned by the Siddall family (siddall is probably a derivative of sidehiller).there are also many SIDDALLs (and derivative names such as Sydhall,syndall) buried in nearby EYAM village church.
As the lead mines became uneconomic the wealth of the extended family began to fade away ... the land was sold and many of the family migrated away to find work in nearby coal mines which were being sunk at the time in the DERBYS LANCASHIRE and SOUTH YORKSHIRE areas .some also emigrated to the far flung American colonies seeking fame and fortune in the alleged gold mines
Of note there are SIDDALL street names in DERBY MANCHESTER and SHEFFIELD
The village butcher in STONEY MIDDLETON is called SIDDALL and he also farms the side hills where his cattle are grazed .. The peak district also has a number of Siddalls engaged in various trade activities such as SIDDALLs auctioneers at nearby HOPE
My grandfather JESS SIDDALL clearly recalled as a child visiting Stoney Middleton in a pony and trap to visit his Aunt and other family (1920S)
The Siddall family where also concerned to a large extent in the supply of horses /ponies to the newly evolving mining industry which may to a large extent explain my fondness of equine persuits ...DO any other SIDDALLs who visit the site have similar interests ??
I hope that readers of this site do appreciate this information that I provide
PS I still live about 20 miles from my roots and find an incredible sense of deja-vue whenever I visit Stoney middleton or Eyam areas !!!
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