The first record of a de Cawood family in the village of Cawood is in 1201 .
Johannes de Cawood was a King’s Forester in the Ouse and Derwent Forest from Henry lll’s patent rolls in 1200. He had been instructed to walk the the bounds of the forest to mark it out.
John went to London to serve his apprenticeship with printer John Reynes
He was royal printer to Mary, Edward and Elizabeth.
His printing works was in St Paul’s graveyard and attached was his bookshop ” Holy Ghost ”
This was John’s printers mark and can be found on his bibles and proclamations
At this time St Paul’s was in disrepair and the chancel was used as a market place.
After John (1514-1572) the family came back to live in Yorkshire to Ackworth near Pontefract
A suggested family tree though not necessarily correct. It is said that John Cawood printer was from a Yorkshire family but didn’t specifically say Cawood. It’s possible he lived elsewhere in Yorkshire.