I have just come back from a ten week trip to the UK (from Australia), and one of the highlights of the trip has to be that I actually found and went to Tunstall, the place and home of our Tunstalls. It is a very small village in Lancashire, just a general store, a pub and a few houses and of course the church. I couldn't get into the church unfortunately, but at the general store they had a booklet about the village and church and the Tunstall family, so I am thrilled. The church looked very old but I couldn't get to see inside unfortunately which was a shame as there is still a tomb of one of the Tunstalls there. Just up the road is Thurland Castle, it is now being turned into apartments and was private property, but we drove down the drive all the same, took a quick photo and back out again. It was by complete accident that I found Tunstall, I was actually trying to navigate our way to somewhere else, but you can guess how excited I was to have actually found the place they came from. How I would love to know where they came from before reaching Tunstall, as it seems they took their name from the place.
If anyone is interested I can scan the relevant pages from the booklet and send them, it is all very interesting.
My grandmothers were both Tunstalls as my parents are cousins, and my line goes into Essex and Kent in the south of England, but before that they came from Lancashire, and spread into Yorkshire and Durham. I am still mystified as to how a man who is born in Durham in the north of England, gets to be ordained a priest in London then goes on to have livings in Essex and Kent and ends up buried in Canterbury Cathedral!!
Hope this is of interest to some of you,
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