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. The Monthly Newsletter The May 2021 Newsletter has been circulated to members; produced this month by the production team of Elaine Heathcote and Madelaine Lovatt.

There is Part 2 of “The Miller’s Tale” researched and written by Elaine Heathcote, and also an article “Waterhouses for the Manifold Valley” by Roland Machin about the The Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway.

This latest newsletter can be found in the Newsletter Section of the website where all the Society’s Newsletters are still available to read and download.

2. Socially Distanced Events 2020

“Second Event” The Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘. Please note that when the entries have been collected from the Library the correct answers and winners will be announced.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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:

6. 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.

7. 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.