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

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all the

Members of the Society and Visitors to Our Website.

Announcements and Information:

1. The January 2021 Newsletter has been circulated to members, written once again by Elaine Heathcote, Madelaine Lovatt and Kath Walton, and it has been added to the Newsletter Section of the website. A Supplementary document on the “Mystery of Clandestine Marriages at Norton Church” can be found in the Newsletter Section.

All the Society’s Newsletters are still available to read and download on the Newsletter page.


THIRD EVENT The Launch of Adrain Lawton‘s Buses of Biddulph” on Saturday the 12th and 19th of December 2020. Thank you to Adrian for spending two hours talking at the first sale in the intermittent rain and everyone who took the time at this busy time of year to come down to the Library and collect a copy of the book on both days. Copies will be held by Biddulph Library or can be ordered by contacting David J Outhwaite.

SECOND EVENT The Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘. When the entries have been collected from the Library the correct answers and winners will be announced.

Copies will be available from the Library should you wish to do this local walk and the ‘Treasure Hunt‘ form is still available to download and print by clicking here Treasure Hunt 2020

FIRST EVENT 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.

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.