The Girdlestones are of interest to Salthouse, as well as to Kelling, since they owned land here, provided us with a lord and lady of the manor, and supplied us with three rectors, over a period of ninety-nine years. A large number of the Girdlestones of the present day are undoubtedly descended from these Girdlestones originating in Kelling, and they have been faithfully recorded by members of the family.
Robert Baker Girdlestone's description of his genealogical search in the late 1800s may be of interest to researchers of today who can get so much from the internet at the click of a mouse! (click on Robert Baker Girdlestone's name on the bottom line of the tree, to read an excerpt from his notes)
All the photographs and information below have been taken from the wealth of material, kindly made available to this site by present-day members of the Girdlestone family. The main source of information being the 'Genealogical Notes on the Girdlestone Family' which is the work of Edward and Robert Girdlestone who could trace their own direct descent from their great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, who was a Yeoman of Kelling in the 1560s (see the first entry on the portion of family tree above ).
There were Girldestones listed with various spellings in the 1538 Salthouse Register (now damaged and unavailable) for the 16th century:
Christopher Gyrleton, last of October 1576, Ellen Gyrlestone, 13 April 1592, Humfrie son of John Gyrleston, 2 June 1593, Henry Gyrlestonne, last of August 1595, and for the 17th century: Helen Girlton, 23 April 1600, Cicelye Girdlestonne widow, 1st May1638, Margerye wife of Edmond Girdlestonne, 17th Nov 1620, Edmond Girdlestonne, 23rd Sept 1623. Of these, only Edmund and his wife Margery are certain ancestors of the Kelling Girdlestones who produced the lord of the manor of Salthouse and Kelling, and the three Rectors.