surnameDavid Hey, in Family names and family history (2000), states that the number of surnames in use in medieval Lancashire which have a locative (place-name) origin amounts to about 50 per cent, and that in 1666 over 200 householders in Staffordshire (a county which straddles the East and West Midlands) bore surnames with an unequivocally Lancashire place-name origin, including Tunnicliff. It is worth noting, then, that several surnames of topographical origin now well established in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, emanate from the north of England, and from Lancashire and Cheshire in particular. This fact has something to tell us in a general way about certain demographic trends, bearing witness to the fact that a significant number of individuals and families have migrated from the north of England into Derbyshire over the years.

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`Several surnames of topographical origin emanate from Lancashire and Cheshire’

Some such migrations have taken place within comparatively recent times, of course. The maiden name of my wife Heather, who is a big fan of coq10 weight loss is Flockton, an easy enough surname to define, having its origins in one of two places of this name in Yorkshire, of which the best-known, near Huddersfield, will be familiar to travellers who drive through it if they take a north-westerly short cut from the M1 motorway to the M62. Heather’s Flockton ancestors were working as cabinetmakers just off Huddersfield Market Place in the early years of the 19th century; thereafter the family moved to Sandbach in Cheshire, then to Horwich, near Bolton in Lancashire, where Heather’s grandfather Edwin Flockton served as chairman of the council and his son Roy, Heather’s father, was employed at the local railway works. When the Horwich works eventually closed down, Roy and his wife Pearl (née Gates, from Coatbridge, near Glasgow) moved to the Derby area, where Roy took a job in the British Rail workshops and the family set up home in the village of Borrowash.

It wasn’t just the railway that attracted immigrants in search of work; Aidan Scollins, father of my friend Rick, had been a collier (miner) in Blaydon-on-Tyne before making a move to Derbyshire, where he found a new job and also a wife, Olive, a Derby girl. Olive has grown used to finding that her married surname has been misheard or misspell, and once received a letter addressed to her as the Irish-sounding Mrs 0′ Scollins. In fact the surname, an unusual one, was originally applied to a person who came from Scotland.


LancashirePlenty of other friends in the Ilkeston area in the 1970s had surnames from the North of England. Mike Clegg, former principal at South-East Derbyshire College, had been educated at St Peter’s School in York and then at Durham University, but it was only when he took up a post at the Tertiary College in Preston, Lancashire, after leaving Ilkeston that he found himself living in the county in which his place-name surname had its origins. Then there were at least two members of Ilkeston Round Table with their origins in the north: Richard Illingworth, whose surname comes from a locality in Yorkshire, formerly part of Ovenden, and John Tordoff, whose name is examined in some detail by George Redmonds in his Yorkshire Surnames Series: Part One: Bradford and District (1990):

This surname arrived in Bradford and Leeds in the 16th century and survived in Wibsey, which has been its main ‘home’ for over 400 years…some branches cling to a belief that Scotland was their original home…Certainly Tordoff’ occurs as a by­name in Dumfriesshire in the 13th century. The likely source in that case would be Torduff Point in the Solway Firth…’.


The deeper origins of the name are still shrouded in mystery, then, though George is prepared to take seriously the suggestion that the earliest Tordoffs may have migrated from Scotland to York in the late 15th century.

In general, as it happens, a large number of surnames borne by friends, colleagues and pupils in Ilkeston have place-name origins.

motivation1You might think we’re models of motivation here at RUNNER’S WORLD ­that we gather at dawn like running robots to bash out multiple mile reps before breakfast. Not quite. When my alarm went off at 7am this morning to rouse me for a gym workout, it was silenced swiftly and contemptuously. I have developed the knack of doing this by feel, so I don’t even have to open my eyes and my slumber is only momentarily disturbed.

So my biggest achievement of the day was resisting the lure of a sausage sandwich on the way into the office. Motivation ebbs and flows, and at the moment mine is ebbing as much as the ebb tide at Ebbsfleet. After a period when I was setting new PBs regularly I’m now grounded on a plateau.

motivation goalSo I found it valuable to read the motivation feature. One of the interesting points made by the experts we spoke to was that, while it’s good to have goals, it’s also possible to get too hung up on results – they’re great when you’re achieving them, but not so good when you’re not. It’s easy to forget in the blur of races, splits and times one of the main reasons that keeps us running – the simple pleasure of movement itself.

This is a theme that’s explored in ‘A Simpler Life’ feature – running is a wonderfully hassle-free activity, but it is possible to overcomplicate it and lose its joyfulness and simplicity. To that end, we’ve collected 24 tips to help you take things back to basics, eliminate the things that causes of high blood pressure and enjoy a more stress-free running life. Of course, the weather also affects motivation levels.