Yoxall of Brierfield, Burnley & Nelson (CD018)
A Family of substance by James Wignal
Researching the history of Peter YOXALL & Martha BRERETON has been a labour of love for James, even though he is not related to them.
During the research he has met many kind and lovely people who were only too pleased to help record their family history. Hopefully, this book will do justice to this remarkable family. After several years research James can now prove that, without exception, every YOXALL in the area stem from just one couple, Peter & Martha. Despite having 16 children there is now only one male YOXALL in the area. Sadly, Peter YOXALL was killed by a train in a horrific accident whilst carrying out his work as a Platelayer on the Railways. Did you know that Johnny YOXALL of Nelson, one of the few ordinary people to have the privilege of meeting King Edward VIII before he abdicated. The King spent half an hour watching Johnny’s Meccano Model Looms weave a variety of products at a London Exhibition. And what about Harry YOXALL, the superior Burnley grocers whose shop was referred to as the Harrod’s of the North and, back in 1920, offered same day home delivery by their own van! Though this work is extensive it is possible there is much more to add to this family’s history. If you are connected to the descendants of Peter & Martha then root out those old photos and memories of your YOXALL ancestors, send them to James so that he can update the history of your line and others can see why he believe YOXALL of Brierfield really is a family of substance.