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 November 2020 Newsletter, which has been circulated to members and written by Elaine Heathcote, Madelaine Lovatt and Kath Walton, has been added to the Newsletter Section of the website. It has unfortunately had to be altered since it was first circulated due to the second Covid lockdown. The November book launch originally to have been held this weekend has been rescheduled to December. (see Note 3 below). The September 2020 Newsletter and October 2020 Newsletter are still available to read and download.


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.

SECOND EVENT Thank you to all the members of the Society who attended the second socially distanced meeting on Monday the 19th of October 2020 outside Biddulph Library.

The Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘ can be entered by anyone who would like a local walk to do during half term and up to Christmas. You can enter the ‘Treasure Hunt’ by collecting an entry form from Biddulph Library. Entry forms will be available in the Library from Monday the 26th of November. You then answer questions based on a walk up Tunstall Road, down the length of John Street and then back to the library walking up the High Street gathering information as you go. Please put your name and telephone number on the form. Answer the questions and hand the form in at the library. The closing date for entries will now be on Monday the 31st of December 2020. Good luck!

You can download and print a copy of the Society ‘Treasure Hunt‘ by clicking here Treasure Hunt 2020

THIRD EVENT Due to the 2nd Lockdown the Launch on Saturday the 14th of November 2020 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Monday the 16th of November of Adrian Lawton’s “Buses of Biddulphhas been cancelled. There will be two new dates in December when the Land Rover will be parked outside the Library and people can purchase copies. The first date will be Saturday the 12th of December 2020 and the second Saturday the 19th of December both from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside Biddulph Library. Lookout for further information in the Biddulph Chronicle.

Look for taster articles in the Chronicle and it is planned that the book will be on sale from a Red Land Rover parked outside Biddulph Library.

Any other ideas will be considered for the January and February meetings.

3. 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.

4. 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:

5. 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.

6. 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.