Ravenscroft is one of the oldest English family names. A pedigree showing the connection of the Ravenscroft and Fox families refers to William de Ravenscroft living in Com – Chester in the year 806. From this William de Ravenscroft - the family genealogy starts.
In 1697 the playwright Edward Ravenscroft published a play called the "The Sham Doctor" or "The Anatomist" in which he states that when William the Conqueror arrived in England in 1066 one of his nobles married a Ravenscroft: "He Marry 'd tis said Ex per antiquissima Ravenscroftflorum Famila, Out of the most or very ancient Family of the Ravenscroft” ….. "From Thence Sir, you are descended. I boast the same.”
Notitia Cestriensis, Volume. I (Chetham Society's publications) dated 1845, says in a footnote, "Ravenscroft Hall is a respectable ancient mansion".”
Mr Vaundry, of Tushington Hall, in notes contributed to the Cheshire Sheafin dated 1833, writes, "The then Ravenscroft Hall was an old timbered-gabled mansion with the remains of a moat on the three sides consisting of about 127 acres of Park and farmland. The Hall is situated on an eminence commanding fine views towards the South and the East. In 1837 most of the House was pulled down and a rebuilt in a modern style in 1877 the rest of the old fortified Hall was pulled down and rebuilt. All that remains today of the old Hall is the moat".
© Some Ravenscroft's Published by Mr W Ravenscroft F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A., Publisher Telford E Stone Milford-on-Sea Hants.
© Rollo Ravenscroft - Kelderhof - Somerset West - South Africa.
Lewis Topographical Dictionary, published in 1831 in Volume III says, "Ravenscroft, a township in that part of the parish of Middlewich which is in the hundred of the Northwich County Palatine of Chester, one and a quarter miles (N by W) from Middlewich, contains 26 inhabitants."
Sharon Turner's History of the Anglo-Saxons, Vol. I, pg. 483, dated 1852) gives;
"The ensign was a thing of considerable importance, and many references to it occur as such. Just as one of these, it is recorded that in the times of Alfred the Great, Ubbo, the Dane, with twenty three ships, was attracted to the castle of Kynwith, a place unprovided with means of subsistence, but with impregnable against assault, except for at one point.”
Ubbo concluded, therefore, that a short siege would reduce the inhabitants, and acted accordingly; but Odun the leader of the besieged determined that the only possibly way of avoiding capitulation would be to execute a vigorous sally. This was so successfully carried out at dawn, that Ubbo was slain, the greater part of his following were killed and immense booty fell into the hands of the victors.”But what was regarded as a greater disaster than all that, was the capture of the standard known as the Raven (RAǢAN)"
An old poem (Gaimer Lestoire des Engles) has this line; "Taken was the war flag of Ubba, called the RAǢAN)".”
I have recently come across the following while reading Sir Winston Churchill's - History of the English Speaking Peoples, Published by Cassell and © BPC Publishing Ltd 1969, 1971. which gives basically the same information reading from the third paragraph in Vol. II it says on -Page 216-
The Township of Ravenscroft