Sidney Oldall Addy

Sidney Oldall Addy (9 January 1848 – 15 November 1933) was an English author of books on folklore and history.[1] He was born in Norton, Derbyshire, to coal merchant and landowner James Addy and his wife, Sarah.[2] He studied classics at Lincoln College, Oxford, before becoming a solicitor.[1] In 1899 he married Mary Golden Parkin.[1]

As well as publishing many books on history and folklore he was known for contributing papers to antiquarian journals[1] and for his letters to Notes and Queries.[3] He also wrote articles for the Dictionary of National Biography.


  • An account of Winfield Manor in Derbyshire, with James Croston (1885)
  • Historical Memorials of Beauchief Abbey (1887)
  • A glossary of words used in the neighbourhood of Sheffield (1888)
  • The Hall of Waltheof (1893)
  • Household Tales and Traditional Remains (1895)
  • The Evolution of the English House (1898)
  • Church and Manor: A Study in English Economic History (1913)
  • Folk Tales and Superstitions


  1. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Sidney Oldall Addy". The Times. 18 November 1933. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  2. ^ United Kingdom Census 1871
  3. ^ Simpson, Jacqueline; Roud, Steve. "Addy, Sidney Oldall". A Dictionary of English Folklore. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-210019-1. OCLC 44737169.