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:

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

Saturday the 24th of November - A Book Launch of “The Flight Training Notes” of Cadet J. E. Machin one of the first RAF Pilots during the First World War. The venue will be Biddulph Library, Tunstall Road, Biddulph between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Copies of the reprint of George Herbert Barber’s autobigraphy “From Workhouse to Lord Mayor” will also be available.


1. Recent Publications

From Workhouse to Lord Mayor is a reprint of George Herbert Barber’s autobiography which was first published in 1937. It has a prologue written by Brian Barber who is one of George’s great grandsons. Subjects covered include the setting up of Cinemas in the Potteries, working at the New Chemical Works, Stoke-on-Trent City Council with the “Lid Off”, trips by air in the early days of aviation and flights to the Continent, Palestine and Egypt, visits to Russia and Geneva, the Sunday Cinemas and experiences with Royalty. (84 A4 pages at £7:50).

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.]

2. 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

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

created by the late Mr. David Moore

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