Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society Biddulph Grange by Kath Walton

Local and Family History for the Biddulph area


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. First Meeting of the New Season The Society is pleased to announce the return of the Monthly Meeting in September.

The First Meeting of the New Season will be held on Monday the 20th of September 2021 with two short talks:

Mr. Michael Turnock will speak on “1830’s Bradley Green and the Bradbury Coalmasters,“ and Mr. Adrian Lawton will talk about “When Uncle Tom Came to Buy a Train.”

The Meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Biddulph Victoria Chapel, Station Road, Biddulph.

Please note: This will be the first meeting since the Covid restrictions and the Society would recommend some social distancing and the wearing of masks, if possible, until you take your seat.

** New Members are always welcome **

Please remember admission is still £2 but free for Members of the Society.

You can read and download the poster for the meeting and display it for your neighbours by clicking here.

2. The Quarterly Newsletter The latest newsletter for September 2021 has been released by the production team of Elaine Heathcote and Madelaine Lovatt and it has been added to the ‘Newletter’ section of the website. All the Society’s Newsletters are also available to read and download from the Newsletter page.

3. Adrian Lawton co-opted onto Biddulph Council The Society wishes to congratulate its committee member Adrain Lawton in his new role as a Counciller specialising in Transport issues.

You can read the Chronicle article written by reporter James Connolly which was in the 5th August 2021 editon by clicking the link here.

4. The Treasure Hunt 2020

All the available answer sheets from the second element in last year’s lockdown events have been checked and the winner is Neve Bateman of Harriseahead.

You can still do the walk: Here are the Question and Answer sheets.

Treasure Hunt Questions but please note that some of the questions involve information that can be changed.

Treasure Hunt Answers when the treasure hunt was set in December 2020.

5. 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 first 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.

6. A New Book: Brown Edge Memory Walks

A New Book of local walks has been published by Elizabeth Lawton “Brown Edge memory Walks.” The book has been 3 years in creation and is a treasure trove of social history with wonderful photographs. It tracks the village, it’s buildings and characters through 9 walks with the final walk from St Anne’s Church to Greenway Bank. Kath Walton has recommended the book describing it as a ’fascinating read.‘ It is available from Elizabeth Lawton, priced at £10.95, by contacting her on 01782 504213 and Elizabeth will post you out a copy.

7. 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:

8. The Hospital Where Everyone Smiles. Geraldine Outhwaite’s latest book on the Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital at Biddulph Grange, is still available to purchase from Biddulph Library, Congleton Tourist Information and the Picture Book at Leek.

9. 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

10. 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.