THE YORKSHIRE PRANCES
Although the first recorded Prances were found in Yorkshire we have
very little information regarding the families. If anyone can add to
the items below we would be very glad of some help. We do however have
records of some Yorkshire Prances during the 1800/1900's.
Ricardus Praunce and Willemus
The first known record of Prances on these islands were the above two
in Poll Tax records for the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1379. Ricardus
is a Portugese Christian name and Praunce ( or Praunze) is judged to be
of Teutonic (German) origin. Make of that as you will! Another account
names a Ricardo Praunze in1292 but this latter cannot be relied upon at
In the 1600's there was a grain merchant by the name of Prance in High
Street, Hull. The house faced onto the street, whilst the wharehouse
was at the back with the river Hull lapping at the landing stage.
In the1800's there was a Doctor Prance in practice in Albion Street and
in the late 1800's a William Prance is thought to have been the first
steeplejack in Hull. He was a bachelor who lived with his mother
Margaret Prance, whose husband was John Prance, a salesman. They lived
in Caroline Place which is said to have been one of the first Regency
houses to be built in Hull. It was known as Regency as it was only then
that gardens were planted in front of the house. Margaret had two sons,
Charles Alfred and William the steeplejack..