Welcome to the web site of the Biddulph and District Genealogy and Historical Society. The aim of the Society is to promote genealogy and local history particularly pertaining to the Biddulph area.
This will be achieved by:
- undertaking research and publishing wherever possible
- purchasing resources that may become available or required by the society
- having a regular programme of speakers
Announcements and Information:
1. The October 2020 Newsletter, being circulated to members and written by Elaine Heathcote and Madelaine Lovatt, has been added to the Newsletter Section of the website. An additional document has also been added to the newsletter - a full copy of the last Will and Testament of Daniel Doorbar dated 1871.The September 2020 Newsletter, circulated to members and written by Elaine Heathcote and Madelaine Lovatt, can be found in the Newsletter Section of the website. An additional document has also been added to the newsletter - the full obituary of Jervis Forrester dated 1845.
2. “SOCIALLY DISTANCED EVENTS 2020”
Thank you to all the members of the Society who attended the first socially distanced meeting on Monday the 21st September at St. Lawrence’s Churchyard.
SECOND EVENT Thank you to all the members of the Society who attended the second socially distanced meeting on Monday the 19th of October 2020 outside Biddulph Library.
The Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘ can be entered by anyone who would like a local walk to do during half term. You can enter the ‘Treasure Hunt’ by collecting an entry form from Biddulph Library. Entry forms will be available in the Library from Monday the 26th of November. You then answer questions based on a walk up Tunstall Road, down the length of John Street and then back to the library walking up the High Street gathering information as you go. Please put your name and telephone number on the form. Answer the questions and hand the form in at the library. The closing date for entries will be on Monday the 16th of November 2020. Good luck!
You can download and print a copy of the Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘ by clicking here Treasure Hunt 2020
THIRD EVENT Saturday the 14th of November 2020 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Monday the 16th of November from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the launch of Adrian Lawton’s “Buses of Biddulph.”
Look for taster articles in the Chronicle and the book will be on sale from a Red Land Rover parked outside Biddulph Library.
Any other ideas will be considered for the December to February meetings.
3. Biddulph Gasworks A New Article and Book on Biddulph Gasworks written by Mr. Michael Turnock is now available on the website. This was Michael‘s Lockdown Project completed in September 2020. It was complied by Michael Turnock along with Derek Wheelhouse and Adrian Lawton.
A photograph of Biddulph Gasworks taken in the 1970s, showing the large and small gasholders, and the railway cottages appear on the left. [Source: BDGHS]
You will find Michael's work in the Essay Section of the Website.
4. Mr. Michael Ansell sent me a link to the “Congleton Heritage Website” where there is some information about and paintings by Charles William Brown who was a miner born on Biddulph Moor. The direct link to the webpage is: https://congletonheritagefestival.com/events/c-w-brown-artist-and-miner.
5. The Hospital Where Everyone Smiles. Geraldine Outhwaite’s new book, after a successful launch on Saturday the 8th of February in Biddulph Library, will be available to purchase from Biddulph Library, Congleton Tourist Information and the Picture Book at Leek.
6. Harecastle’s Canal and Railway Tunnels. The Society has acquired some copies of this new book by Allan C Baker and Mike G Fell. They will be available at Society meetings and copies may be ordered from the Society by visiting our updated Publications page. The Chairman of the Society, Mr. Roland Machin, has written a review which can be found here.
Harecastle’s Canal and Railway Tunnels
7. Contact Names:
Chairperson - Mr. Roland Machin
David J. Outhwaite (Secretary & Sale of Publications)
You can ask David any questions about the BDGHS. However, if you have a genealogy or a family history question then you can Ask the Reverend Hadfield and a member of the Society will contact you, as soon as possible.
If you're a regular visitor you may wish to check the Site News page which not only lists the latest changes but also tells you how you can be notified by email of future changes.