Mike Royden Books

Online publication catalogue for historian and writer Mike Royden. Details about all books and how to order. Signed copies available. Books include studies on the Home Front in both wars across Merseyside, Wirral and Chester. Plus the story of the Cheshire village of Farndon during WW1.
Mike Royden's Local History Pages

Local History of Liverpool, articles, photos, maps, bulletin board, record office information, University courses, useful links, plus much more. Essential for Local Historians!
Royden History.Co.Uk

Web Sites designed and maintained by Mike Royden - Various Local History Sites - including aspects of Merseyside History, World War One Battlefields and local men who fought, and a History of Ellesmere Port/South Wirral

Farndon Parish History

Farndon is a village in the county of Cheshire, England, on the banks of the River Dee, 8 miles south of Chester, and close to the border with Wales. John Speed (1542-1629), the famous cartographer was born in Farndon, and King Edward the Elder died here in 924. There are several buildings of historical interest, including the Grade I listed medieval bridge and at least sixteen Grade II structures.

Halewood Parish History

Halewood lies to the south east of Liverpool and was once a township in the large parish of Childwall. Various aspects of Halewood's history is covered, including articles, documents, photographs, maps etc., with many more pages in preparation.
Ellesmere Port War Memorial

An ongoing project attempting to piece together a little more background about the men recorded on the War Memorial. It also ties in with tours of the Battlefields where we are trying to visit the graves or memorials of as many soldiers recorded on the Ellesmere Port War Memorial as we can. This website reports the results of those efforts and shows where future researches may lie. Also an example of how other War Memorials could be recorded.

Royden Family History Pages

William Henry Royden senior (1905-1965) and William Henry junior (1929-1998)

Welcome to the Royden Family History Web Pages. Much of this site is dedicated to the Roydens of Cheshire (from 1400), Wirral (from 1721) and Liverpool (from 1800), plus their descendants wherever they may be. However, other family origins are also included.This began as a study of my own direct line in the early 1970s, but due to the rarity of the name and its local concentration, it soon developed into a one-name study, recording all of the known descendants of Alexander Royden of Chester in the 1600s. By the early 1990s the bulk of the work had been done - well before the advent of the internet, which involved hundreds of trips to record offices and frequent travel to archive centres in London. Much of this is now available at the touch of a button, although the research discipline is largely unchanged.

If you think you may be related, or if you wish to add information to the records, please get in touch.


Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors:
A Guide For Family Historians

by Mike Royden     OUT NOW

According to Pen & Sword;
Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the cityís history and itís people.

In a series of informative chapters he describes Liverpoolís history through shipping, manufacturing and trade from the original fishing village to the present cosmopolitan metropolis of today. In each chapter he provides the history of a subject including relevant case studies and any further research he has. He then tells the reader the best places to visit to find information for themselves.

The subjects that Mike covers in the chapters include the living conditions of people, including poverty and the labouring poor, health and the ravages of disease, the influence of religion and migration, education and the traumatic experience of war. He also shows how the lives of Liverpudlians changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived.

Family at War - The Effects of the First World War on the family of John and Elizabeth Royden of Liverpool (1872-1920)

The First World War had a devastating effect on the family of John and Elizabeth Royden, and for those at home their lives would never be the same again. Three fathers lost their lives and twelve children would no longer see their parent walk through the door of the family home again. This new biography covers the family in their original home, close to the bustling port of ninteenth century Liverpool, before looking at each of the children in turn to see how their lives were changed by the First World war. There are surprises when a link to cousins in New York is finally confirmed, plus the discovery of cousins whose link was previously unknown - all descended from John and Elizabeth - who were all able to add to this fascinating and sad story.

Bombardier Charles Royden R.F.A. (1881-1918)

A study of a Liverpool soldier who fought and died in the Great War. Charles Royden was in the Royal Field Artillery in the First World War and was killed in 1918. It has taken many years of research to compile enough material for this detailed biography. To ensure that even this was not forgotten visit these pages for an account of Charles Royden at the Somme and his war record.

Private William J Royden
10th Battalion, Liverpool Scottish (The King's Liverpool Regiment) (1879-1920)

While researching the history of my Great Grandfather, Charles Royden, and his experiences in the First World War, I also began to put together a biography of his older brother William. He too served in the war, with the Liverpool Scottish, with whom he had already been a territorial since 1910. His story took many turns and was tragic in many respects. Click here for an extensive study of his short life.

Dr Maude Royden C.H.

Agnes Maude Royden (1876 - 1956) , the daughter of Sir Thomas Bland Royden of Frankby. Born in Mossley Hill she became famous as one of the leaders of suffragette movement and as one of the first women preachers in England.

Royden Vikings of the Wirral!

After again visiting the WWI Battlefields in August 2007 to carry out research, I also took time to track down the resting places of some of the men of Farndon recorded on the War Memorial. The first of these reports is now online - Lance Corporal Frank Moscate who was in the 4th Battalion Tank Corps, a recently formed regiment and a pioneer soldier of the early tanks. Click here for more

Thomas Royden & Sons, Shipbuilders

The shipbuilding yard was situated in Baffin Street, near Queens Dock, at the bottom of Parliament Street, Liverpool (now the site of the Liverpool Echo Arena & car parks), Thomas Royden & Sons being one of the largest and most respected builder in the 19th century.

Roydens on the Commonwealth War Graves Database

There are five records on the Commonwealth War Graves Database. One is my great grandfather Charles Royden listed above. Another is his brother William. Thomas Utting Royden is recordd on the Thiepval Memorial and his grandaughter Sally Hearn came over from Australia in 2009 to visit. Alan Royden is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. All were killed in the First World War. Charlesy Henry Royden was a seaman in the Second World War and is remembered on the Nal Memorial in Portsmouth. Research is on-going, but visit here to view progress.

Alexander Royden of Chester

Alexander Royden, who lived in Chester in the late 1600s, is the ancestor of all Roydens in Cheshire and the Liverpool area. But what is known about him and his life?

Click here for an insight into his life in Chester.


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