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. The Society is pleased to announce the return of “Goowin’ dine th’ grayn – A History of Biddulph High Street”

The book will be on sale at the April meeting of the Society and the next “Sale of Books” on Saturday the 20th of APRIL 2019 in Biddulph Library, Tunstall Road, Biddulph ST8 6HH between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The original book was been compiled by Elaine Heathcote, Margaret Fernyhough, David J. Outhwaite, Kath Walton and Derek Wheelhouse and published in December 2007. Elaine Heathcote has spent the long winter evenings updating the book and adding additional photographs. David Outhwaite surveyed the High Street shops in March of this year to add the latest list of businesses and photographs of the new developments - The Post Office, Sainsbury’s and J.D. Weatherspoon’s. Over 200 pages of information about the families who have lived on Bradley Green High Street; with a detailed history of the buildings and photographs of many of the businesses. The book has 216 A4 pages and still costs £12.99.

All thirteen Transactions and the twenty four books of Local History are now available.

See below for details of recent publications and the Publications page of the website for a full list of books.

2. Recent Publications

NEW B09 A Collection of Trade Directories for the Biddulph District from 1818 to 1940 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. [Please note: The Biddulph High Street Book “Goowin dine th’grayn” is no longer available.]

3. 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

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