I am John Spofford (where have I heard that name before?). My wife Janette (Steeley), and I have four children (John, Jr., Kimberly (Holloway), Grant, and Trent. (Trent did the computer enhanced graphic of the crest shown here.)
Grant, and his fiance, Larae, wanted to be married in England but could not overcome the red tape. Instead, they held a mock ceremony in Spofforth, at the castle. The next several days were spent photographing the castle, touring the church grounds which were connected to the castle with an underground tunnel, and in York where they came across a treasure at a used book store --- an 1809 reprint of the Domesday Record. I've scanned several pages of the book which refer to the lands of William de Perci and they are posted here.
|The Domesday Record||Spofforth Castle is now operated by the government and they publish a small booklet
with the history of the building and name.
All files are 50-70k except Pages 4-5 (a floorplan) which is 155k.