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GRADWELL Family History

Recorded as Gradwell, Graddell and Gradell, and possibly other forms as well, this is an English locational surname. According to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley, writing in the year 1880, 'The surname originates from the former village of Gradwell, which is now reduced to being only a single farm in the township of Ulnes-Walton near Croston in Lancashire'. Whether this was so or not, what seems to be the case is that a century or more later, the placename does not seem to be recorded in any gazetter of the end of the 20th century, although it is probable that the place as a farm may still exist...

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