My research began in 1999 around the village of Wedmore in Somerset, England, where my Dad was born. I have traced the name in this area back to the mid 1400s and have since found that from around the mid 1800s a large number of the Somerset Larders emigrated to North America and Australia. I have also found another major concentration of Larders in the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire areas and would love to find a link between the names in the two areas of the South West and North of England but, as yet, have failed to do so.
If you want to learn more about the area of North Somerset and the areas around the village of Wedmore, please visit my other website at SomersetLarders.com
Pictured in the centre of this picture is John Larder (1817-1909) who was a lay preacher at the Methodist Chapel. The extent of the
family's relationship with the chapel is indicated by the entry on John and his wife Emma's gravestone, that states Emma was:
"A member of this chapel for 62 years". John was also a former lay minister of the chapel.
It may also be that John was responsible for producing many gravestones since he was a stone mason by trade. Kelly's Trade Directory 1883 for Somersetshire & Bristol lists John LARDER
in Wedmore as Stone Mason living Chapel House.
In 1896, together with other members of the chapel, he built the Wesleyan Sunday School Room that was opened
on Friday April 10 1896 by Rev. Walford Green.
The aim of these pages is to provide the definitive
on-line resource for anyone with an interest in the surname "Larder" and its variants, principally "Lader" and "Leader".
One of the key aims is sharing and exchanging
information, so if you have anything that may be
of interest, however small you may think it, please use the button at the top of the page to contact me.