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

Dates for your Diary:

Saturday the 27th of October 2018 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. there will be a book launch, a re-print of the book “From Workhouse to Lord Mayor” by Mr. George Barber at the Biddulph Methodist Church and The Victoria Centre, Station Rd, Biddulph, ST8 6BJ (see 1. below).

Friday the 9th of November 2018 at 7 p.m. - Mr. Bill Ridgway‘s play “Home By Christmas” (see 2. below).

Sunday the 18th of November 2018 at 7.30pm - TV adventurer Levison Wood “Journeys Through the Badlands And Beyond” Tickets are priced from £25 from the Victoria Hall box office on 0844 8717649


1. “From Workhouse to Lord Mayor” by George Barber

This is a re-print of the book and will go on sale at £7.50.

Excerpts from the film about Mr. Barber’s Picture Houses will also be shown during the book launch.

2. Mr. Bill Ridgway “Home By Christmas”

As part of a week of events to be organised by Biddulph Town Council to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War Mr. Bill Ridgway has been asked to reprise a revised version of his play “When the Boys Come Home.”

The performance will take place on Friday the 9th of November 2018 on the stage of the refurbished Biddulph Town Hall. Mr. Ridgway is asking all those who appeared in the first production if they would like to take part in it again, so if you would like to, please contact him.

There will be rehearsals in the Town Hall Committee Room on the evenings of the 3rd and 24th September; and the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of October 2018. (You may not need to attend all the rehearsals if you want to take part).

3. Recent Publications

Due to the demand for copies of Elaine Heathcote’s Old Gillow the Society has now reprinted the book (160 A4 pages at £12).

Cowlishaw Walker by Gordon and Pam Lomas at £5 (52 A4 pages)

Biddulph Grange Gardens articles from the Gardeners’ Chronicle from the years 1856 and 1862 on sale at £5 (52 A4 pages).

Transactions No.12 ‘Ada - Love At Jerusalem’ research by Christine Jesson (40 A4 pages at £4)

The special offer on copies of Images of England - Biddulph Volumes 1 and 2 by Derek Wheelhouse at the new low price of £6 each or both books for £10 continues

Please see the Publications page for a full list and short description of all the Society’s books.

All the Societies books are available at Society Meetings, Leek Books and Biddulph Library. [Please note: The Biddulph High Street Book “Goowin dine th’grayn” is no longer available.]

4. 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.

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Local and Family History for the Biddulph area

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created by the late Mr. David Moore

Last updated: On the 28th of December 2017 by DJO