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Meaning i) 'Black fort'

Name of the village where the ancestors lived
Geographic origins From the village of Cardew in Cumberland
Language Old Welsh
Sources i) Cottle, Basil, The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (London: Penguin UK, 1967)

ii) Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1958)
My line of the Cardew family can be traced back to Thomas Cardew and Elizabeth Lobb who lived in Cornwall in the first half of the 18th century. A century later many of that generation's descendants had left the county and gone abroad to India where they worked in various roles for the East India Company.

It was on the Indian subcontinent in Bihar in 1836 - a province in the north of India bordering Nepal - where my great great grandmother Anne Elizabeth Cardew was born, her father Frederic working as a civil servant.

Anne returned to England for her schooling and in 1858 married a clergyman from the Midlands, Gilbert Bradley, in Staplegrove in Somerset. They had 11 children.

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