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:

Hoping you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a Peaceful New Year

Photograph: Biddulph Church by Barry Knapper 2021.

1. The Quarterly Newsletter The December newsletter is now available and has been delivered to members by eMail, where possible, in time for Christmas. The production team of Elaine Heathcote and Madelaine Lovatt have been adding new members to the mailing list at the start of the last few meetings. Remember, all the Society’s Newsletters are available to read and download from the Newsletter page.

2. The Small Mines of the Biddulph Valley 1800 -1980 by Jonathan Fryer. The Society is pleased to announce a Book Launch in Biddulph Library on Saturday the 19th of February 2022 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jonathan’s new book has 177 pages long and the price is £9.99. There are also 49 pictures and maps and Jonathan hopes “it will be of interest to the people in the local area.”

3. A Sad Loss to the Society: the untimely death of Mr. Nigel Daly of Biddulph Old Hall.

“Biddulph Historical Society has enjoyed numerous presentations from Nigel Daly on the restoration and history of Biddulph Old Hall since Nigel and Brian set about their challenging quest. Nigel’s talks were animated by his enthusiasm for his subject and attracted capacity audiences. His multiple talents as a researcher, gifted architectural illustrator and writer enthralled his audiences on every occasion.

“His passion for his home that he and Brian stumbled upon one foggy afternoon was obvious to me as a neighbour and friend. My son and I enjoyed his company when we assisted with arbour culture projects in the Clough and his generosity at post Christmas gatherings was legendary.

“His contribution in the restoration of the Hall and historical documentation serves as his legacy to Biddulph and a wider community.”

Mr. Roland Machin MBE. Chair of Biddulph Historical Society.

4. More sad news: The Society is saddened to report the death of two other long term members and supporters. Jackie Bradley and Brian Nightingale have helped to shape the Society for over thirty years. We send our commiserations to their family and friends.

5. Membership Forms The Committee of the Society has decided that to aid the communication of information to the members a Membership Form should be completed by all the members. This will be stored in a paper form and only email addresses will be used to send notices, updates and the newsletter to our members.

You can read and print a copy of the Membership Form and then bring it to the next meeting by clicking the link here.

6. The Treasure Hunt 2020

All the available answer sheets from the second element in last year’s lockdown events have been checked and the winner is Neve Bateman of Harriseahead.

You can still do the walk: Here are the Question and Answer sheets.

Treasure Hunt Questions but please note that some of the questions involve information that can be changed.

Treasure Hunt Answers when the treasure hunt was set in December 2020.

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.