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


There will be a couple of book launches in the next few weeks:

Firstly, a Book Launch will be held on the 24th of March 2018 in Biddulph Library between 10 a.m. and 1.45 p.m.

A New Book on Biddulph Grange Gardens will be on sale at £5 (52 A4 pages).

This book is a reprint of the articles in the “The Gardeners’ Chronicle” written by Edward Kemp who was born in 1817 and served as a garden apprentice under Joseph Paxton during the 1830’s. The articles are from the years 1856 and 1862 and describe the gardens in detail. A short biography of Edward Kemp and some of the drawings from his book “Landscape Gardening”, re-published in 1911, are included as well as a nine page colour picture glossary of the plants included in the articles.

Biddulph Grange Gardens and A History of Cowlishaw Walker

Secondly, there will be a Book Launch on Saturday the 7th of April 2018 in Biddulph Library between 10 a.m. and 1.45 p.m.

A New Book on the history of Cowlishaw Walker will be on Sale at £5 (52 A4 pages).

The authors, Gordon and Pam Lomas will be available to sign copies of the book in the morning and there will be a display of photographs featuring the staff of the Company in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s

The books on sale will include Transactions No.12 ‘Ada - Love At Jerusalem’ research by Christine Jesson (40 A4 pages at £4) and Images of England - Biddulph Volumes 1 and 2 by Derek Wheelhouse at a new low price of £6 each or both books for £10

Please see the Publications page for further information of the Society’s books.

2. At the BDGHS Committee Meeting on the 15th of November 2017 the future of Footpath No. 29 and the Sprink tunnel was discussed. Information about the tunnel and other features of Mr. Bateman’s park was presented to the meeting. If Staffordshire County Council aren't dissuaded from its plan to divert the footpath permanently then the tunnel loses its protection. As a matter of urgency there is a need to list the tunnel and adjacent arch to avoid a part of the Bateman legacy from falling into disrepair.

You can read the information about the Sprink Tunnel prepared for the Committee Meeting by clicking INFORMATION.

You can read the Chairman's letter to the Mrs Sarah Haydon, Chief Officer of Biddulph Town Council by clicking LETTER

3. All our books are available from the Society, at Society Meetings, Leek Books and Biddulph Library. [Please note: The Biddulph High Street Book “Goowin dine th’grayn” is no longer available except as an Adobe PDF file]

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.

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Local and Family History for the Biddulph area

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created by the late Mr. David Moore

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