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


1. A Book Launch and Sale of Books will be held in Biddulph Library on Saturday the 14th December 2019 when our new Transaction, No. 15, written by Mr. John Hancock on the “Railways of Biddulph” will be launched in time for Christmas.

The Society now has copies of all the books it has produced and they will also be on sale.

The Launch which will be attended by Mr. Hancock will start at 10 a.m. and close around 1.30 p.m.

2. The New Season of Talks for 2019 / 2020 continues on the 16th December 2019 with a talk by John Sherratt on the “A Legacy of Harry Page.”

John Sherratt's Christmas Lecture this year will be a talk about the huge collection of maps he has been given from the effects of the late Mr. Harry Page.

The meeting will be held in Biddulph Library and will start time of 7 p.m.

3. Interesting Photograph - This photograph of C Company North Staffs Home Guard was taken in around 1943. It was sent to the Society by Mr. Mark Robinson whose grandfather Ralph Robinson (with the medals) is pictured in the front row seated in the centre.

4. Station Road Methodist Chapel Centenary 1956 - For readers of the Biddulph Times who would like to download a copy of the booklet, you can open and download a copy of “Station Road Methodist Chapel Centenary Booklet and Poster” by clicking below:

Centenary Booklet and Poster 1956

5. Recent Publications

All in a Day by Michael Turnock (compiled by Madelaine Lovatt and Michael Turnock) is the story of Warrant Officer George Gerard Booth DFM. Mr. Gerard Booth DFM of Biddulph was a rear gunner in a Handley Page Halifax of 51 Squadron RAF in World War II. The book has 36 A4 colour pages and costs £5.00.

A Collection of Trade Directories for the Biddulph District from 1818 to 1940. by David Outhwaite. A replacement for B09 it is the collated records of over thirty Trade Directories for Biddulph into one book for use in family history research. The book has 88 A4 pages and costs £5.00.

Cavalryman Voltelin Percy Heath by Michael Turnock is the story of a Royal Horse Guard Soldier in the Great War with a plaque in St. Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph. Cavalryman Voltelin Percy Heath has 24 A4 colour pages and costs £3.50.

Transactions 13 ‘A History of the Chatterley Whitfield Railway by William Jack III’ and ‘The Workings of the Locomotives and Trains of Private Firms over the North Staffordshire Railway’ by Dr. J. R. Hollick edited by Mr Roland Machin. (72 pages and cost £5.00).

The Flight Training Notes of Cadet J. E. Machin one of the first RAF Pilots during the First World War. (84 A4 pages at £5:00).

From Workhouse to Lord Mayor is a reprint of George Herbert Barber’s autobiography which was first published in 1937. (84 A4 pages at £7:50).

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, some from Leek Books and the Biddulph Library.

5. 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.

Local and Family History for the Biddulph area

These web pages are hosted by 1and1, and the site was originally

created by the late Mr. David Moore

Updated regularly by DJO - See “Site News” for changes.