The History of the Society

The Waddelow Society was founded by Ethel Taylor, in 1988. She had spent many years researching the Waddelow name and contacted many relatives around the world.  She was born Ethel May Waddelow on the 20th May 1920, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She was the eldest of three children of Alfred William Waddelow (1892-1939) and Rose Truss (1893-1967). Alfred was born in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, the eldest of three children of John Waddelow and Sarah Morden.  They left the Fens shortly after Alfred was born, moving to Scotton in Lincolnshire and then Alfred moved to Wakefield to work on the Railways as a Porter. 

Ethel and her sister Dora thought that they may be the last of the Waddelows so Ethel became interested in researching her family name. Little did she know at the time how many people she would meet and that there were several Waddelow families still living in Cambridgeshire.  

In 1988 she felt the time was right to set up the Waddelow Society to bring together all those interested in the Waddelow and Wadlow names.   She became the first Secretary of the Society and in 1989 organised the first of many Annual meetings to be held in Littleport, Cambridgeshire.  The meetings moved in the mid 1990s to the Little Downham Village Centre. In 2002, at the age of 82, Ethel retired  the post of Secretary and was replaced by Susan Waterhouse, (daughter of Dora) who had been the Treasurer since 1989.  

 The Society - Our Aim

The Society exists to encourage the study the family history of the Waddelow/Wadlow family not only within the old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely but also worldwide .  

The aim of the society is to preserve existing records while transcribing and collating new information.  It is our future aim to publish this information to assist you in your research.