This page is dedicated to the history of the branch of the Priddle family from Tintinhull in Somerset.                   

Priddle is very much a Somerset name, and not a particularly common one at that. A brief analysis of the distribution and potential origins of the name is attached.

The Priddle family appears in Tintinhull from at least the middle of the 1400's, acting as churchwardens and baliffs of the manor. They remained a reasonably prominent family in the life of the village, and a series of Priddle related deeds are preserved at the Somerset Record Office. Thomas Priddle (d. 1546) was a wealthy yeoman farmer in the village, and Robert Priddle (probably his brother) was chantry priest at Woolavington in North Somerset, ending his days in Woodham Walter, Essex in 1557. A number of researchers have explored the genealogy of the family, and a tree of at least 650 descendants of Thomas Priddle is now in existence, with consolidation of the various lines continuing. An outline of the top of the tree and the connections of the various researchers is attached.

The Priddles are connected to the Gale family of Tintinhull, which has been the subject of a detailed and well-organised study, and an outline summary of the descendants of the main Priddle line appears on the Gale Family Website, along with a great series of Priddle related pictures. There is also a peripheral Tintinhull Priddle connection in the Rice family tree. Several other researchers have investigated the family, and given the number of researchers with organised Priddle related material, it may make sense to attempt some type of online consolidation, and any suggestions or contributions in this area would be very welcome. An initial outline of past research and related resources, and some thoughts on potential future research projects are attached.

Other branches

One branch of the Priddles which has been investigated by a number of researchers was based around South Petherton, Kingsbury Episcopi and East Lambrook, very close to Tintinhull. A slightly more distant branch also being researched was based around Curry Mallet, with another local branch in  Curry Rivel, midway between the two. John Priddle (Surrey) and Ron Priddle did some work on the Devon and Dorset branches of the name, linking the former back to the Tintinhull tree. An early Dorset branch flourished in Melbury Osmond, Dorset from the 17th century onwards. Finally, the London area tree seems to extend back independently into at least the early 18th century, and has been the subject of some past research. It is intended to gradually build up an index to other Priddle research interests on this site. There seems a high probability that at an early date (before the 1650's) several of these lines are connected.

There is a reasonably active Priddle message board at

Anyone interested in further details of this branch of the Priddle family, or who is able to provide additional details relevant to this branch, is invited to contact the coordinator for this page Ian Hall.


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