The Arms of Siddle/Sydall

 

 

The Arms of Siddle/Sydall were in common use in bygone Derbyshire. This was at a time when the name Siddle/Sydall was synonymous with the provision of technically designed timber coal mining shoring systems to the deep cast coal mining industry. This is the historic coat of arms , originally registered in  Derbyshire, that represents that part of the Siddle family who had a connection to the coal mining industry. Both sides of my family, the Crawfords and the Siddles, have worked in the coal mining industry in previous centuries. The coat of arms is registerd at the Royal College of Arms and is listed in Burkes General Armory (Arms registered in Burkes General Armory 11. (Sydall).).

 

                                           As was common in previous centuries there was no correct way to spell the Siddal surname                                                until standardised English spellings were introduced in the 1700's. Sydal, Sydell, Siddle,                                                    Siddall, Syddal are all acceptable as being part of the same family before the 18th century as                                              was the norm in previous centuries. When faced with families , who often could not read or                                                write, the state church even registered fathers and sons with variant surname spellings. These                                              variant spellings were always of a phonetic nature. Surnames were registered and spelled as                                                they sounded in the absence of a known correct spelling. This was prior to the standardisation                                            of the English language spellings by the 18th century. 

 

                                            At first sight it would be easy to mistake the Siddle coat of arms to be a simple one with three

                                            military daggers. On closer inspection it can be seen that these are not daggers, or knives,                                                  but carpenter's centre punches. The reason being that this is a coal mining industry trade coat                                              of arms. This was from a time, a few centuries ago, when the Siddal family were providing                                                solutions to carpentry, and pit shoring, problems in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

 

 

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