Most Pidgeons of the North and Midlands (excluding Shropshire) are known to have come from elsewhere - either from the south or from Ireland. There are exceptions which can be traced back to Derbyshire and Nottingham, but the origins of these have not yet been traced any earlier than the 19th century.
Stretford, Manchester William Henry PIDGEON was born in London in 1815, but was working in Machester as a hairdresser in 1851. After marrying Mary Ann GRAY from Pilling, Lancs they moved to Scotland where their children were born. William died in Glasgow in 1860, and his widow moved back to Lancashire with the children, eventually settling at Stretford, Manchester where later generations lived.
Sheffield Esther, William and Job PIDGEON came from Derbyshire and settled near Sheffield. A branch of this family moved to Huddersfield.
Another family which settled near Halifax was a branch of the Pidgeons of Lilleshall, Shropshire.
Wakefield Stephen PIDGEON was a policeman, born about 1821 at Wakefield. He rose to become a Police Superintendent, leaving Yorkshire to live in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and finally London.
Birmingham Abner PIDGEON was born in Manchester about 1819. He became an organ builder, travelled a lot, and eventually settled in Birmingham with two of his sons and their families. Another son and a daughter moved to Glasgow before emigrating to Canada.
Abner was descended from the Shropshire Pidgeons of Stanton & Shawbury.
All the Pidgeons below came from Ireland in the 19th century. The families are named according to where they settled.
Liverpool & Birkenhead James PIDGEON was born in King's County about 1811. He came to England about 1836 or '37 with his wife Ellen and daughter Julia Maria. They settled in Liverpool, but Ellen died in 1854. After remarrying, James and his family moved south across the River Mersey to settle at Birkenhead, Cheshire.
Middlesbrough Patrick PIDGEON was born about 1860 in County Mayo. He came over to England to work as a labourer in a steelworks in Middlesbrough, where he married Ellen KEENAN in 1886 and settled down with a large family.
Walsall Several families from Ireland appeared in Walsall in the early 1840s. One family arrived about 1838 via Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Were they related? Some came from County Mayo; did they all? There are many unanswered questions concerning these Pidgeons.
Wigan Patrick PIDGEON was born about 1827, possibly in County Sligo and married Mary before coming to England. They first lived at Chorley, Lancs, returned to Ireland, and finally settled at Wigan, Lancs.
Wolverhampton Anthony and Thomas PIDGEON were NOT brothers, but may have been cousins, born in Ireland about 1831 and 1833, respectively. They arrived in Wolverhampton about the same time in the 1850s and married two Irish CAREY sisters.