December the 16th 2017 saw the launch of our latest publication.
Transactions 12: Ada - Love at Jerusalem
The original story is about a Mr. Wayton of Middulph Grange who takes his daughter, Ada, to Palestine and Egypt. During the visit they meet Captain Beaulite. Ada and Captain Beaulite fall in love. They are married in Middulph Church and spend their honeymoon at Mypersley Hall. The book was written by Henry Francis Gordon and published in 1895
Christine Jesson found this book on her late father’s, Harry Page’s, book shelf. She thinks that when Mr. Page found the book in the 1970s he noticed the dedication to the Goodfellows at Woodhouse Farm and this led him to read the book where he saw that the story involved characters from Middulph, Middulph Moor and Mypersley.
She states: “I think that anyone with an interest in the history of Biddulph will enjoy reading the chapters set in Middulph. So, to make them accessible to a wider audience, I have transcribed excerpts from the book and scanned some pages. The main part of the book which tells the story of Mr Wayton and his daughter, Ada’s, tour of
Palestine is also fascinating. There are many photographs, drawings and descriptions of life in 1890’s Palestine which had changed little from biblical times.”
Transcriptions No. 12 Research by Christine Jesson into Henry Francis Gordon’s “Ada - Love at Jerusalem” with references to Biddulph And Knypersley has 40 A4 pages and will be on sale at £4.00
Last month’s New Book “Always Doing His Duty” will also be on sale
The story of John Harold Rhodes VC DCM and bar - the Packmoor Hero [Updated]
This is the centenary year of remembrance for John Harold Rhodes who died on those far-away battlefields in France in November 1917. This booklet “Always Doing His Duty,” is intended as a tribute to a local hero and is not intended to glorify war in any way.
The army service record of John could not be found and so other forms of research into his military history were sought. The story of the Grenadier Guards and the battles in which John’s battalion fought, old newspaper articles, and importantly the recollections, family stories and photographs shared by a man with an ardent interest, Mr. Arthur Potts.
All this we hope will add to the enjoyment and understanding of this remarkable story of our brave local VC.
The story of John Harold Rhodes VC DCM and bar - the Packmoor Hero [Ref: B06] has doubled in size to 24 A4 pages at £3.00
Three recent additions to the publications list are
Peter Biddulph by Phillip Wheeler
A Biography of Peter Biddulph (1602-1657) alias Fitton of Biddulph Old Hall - Priest, Rebel and Antiquarian by Phillip Wheeler at £3.50
The Colourful Career of Peter Biddulph aka Fitton
The Medici family is the subject of intense study, with real and imagined portrayals in books, novels and more. But what about those who served and lived in that household? One such member was an Englishman called Peter Biddulph, whose career took countless turns before he found his role there.
Born in 1600 into a Catholic family he was one of six sons of Richard and Ann Biddulph of Biddulph Hall, Staffordshire, England. He and his two brothers, out of necessity in those times of persecution, took the alias of Fitton and trained abroad to become priests.
He entered the College at Saint Omer aged 13 and by 19 as a paying student, the English College in Rome, where he was described as being, ‘of noble parents, brought up in Staffordshire and Lancashire’, where he studied Greek and Latin.
Soon, however, his life was linked to a single event that carried his name: the -‘Fitton Rebellion’- of 1623. Discord between the Jesuits supported by students in the orders and the seminary students had become acrimonious and Fitton, along with 13 other students, was accused of insubordination.
On hearing of this, the pope sent his representative known as ‘the visitor’ to inquire. Some of the students were ordered to do penance; others including Fitton were expelled and sent to Douay, France, to finish their studies, yet they carried with them a letter proclaiming their innocence of any charges.
The event distanced him not only from his father but also from his brothers who were by then priests in Valladolid. When his father died in 1636, it is probable that Fitton was excluded from the will; over a decade had passed but the ‘rebellion’ had not been forgotten.
Ordained in 1625, Fitton was, in 1631, appointed as the clergy agent or representative of the seminary priests of England and Wales in, of all places, Rome.
We know however that by 1635 Fitton, his workload affecting his health, wished to leave Rome but he was unable to be released from his duties. Surreptitiously visiting London in 1642, he was described as a priest at large, (a treasonable offence punishable by a gruesome execution) and indicted.
We next hear that he is appointed dean of the chapter for England in 1644, which he oversaw from Paris due to the English Civil War, which reduced the family home to a romantic ruin. He was back in Rome in 1646-47.
But by 1655, Fitton had obtained a position in Florence as archivist/librarian to Cardinal Leopold de’ Medici, the brother of the grand duke, Ferdinand. At 55 he seems to have found quietude and possibly his true vocation, however brief it proved to be.
For two years he catalogued the grand ducal collections, including intaglios, corresponded with fellow antiquarians in Paris and Rome, and drew a salary from the royal treasury.
At the end of his life, in 1657, ‘Pietro Fittone’ was known as a distinguished antiquarian with a great knowledge of coins, medals and statuary. His last resting place has still to be looked for.
Phillip Wheeler lives in Stoke-on-Trent and after co-authoring “A Greate Service: The Biddulph Family and the Old Hall” (1997) he has continued to research the period and family.
..... and secondly:
Duke of York Square by Michael Turnock, published to coincide with this year’s walk at £2.50.
This work was prepared by Michael for the Staffordshire Historical Survey and all the photographs were taken by Michael in March 2011.
The three streets known locally as the “Square” are located between High Street and Station Road in an area mentioned on the 1876 map of Bradley Green (the original name of present day Biddulph) and a mainly working class residential area in that period.
..... and thirdly:
“St Lawrence Parish Church, Biddulph - Parish Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1813-1836” was originally transcribed by the Society and published in 2003. It has been reworked and printed with a full list of baptisms, marriages and burials including a page missed in the original publication. St. Lawrence Parish Registers [Ref: B00] has 116 A4 pages and costs £4.00.
Still available are:
Biddulph Grange and Knypersley Sale Document of 1871
The book has been produced from an A3 photocopy of the original sale document which was in the possession of Mr. Christopher Slater of Biddulph who gave the Society permission to take a copy. It has been converted to an A4 publication with missing information added from copies at the Staffordshire Record Office (S.R.O.) and William Salt Library in Stafford. It includes seventeen pages describing the House and Gardens; six pages of Lithograph Drawings of the House and Gardens; fifteen pages of details of the fields, field use and tenants; and finally, eleven pages of Maps of the Estate drawn in 1791. All this information will be on sale at £4.00 per copy.
Moor to War
The Biddulph & District Genealogy & Historical Society is pleased to announce that “Moor to War” written by Michael Turnock is still available to buy at £2.50 per copy.
It is the story of two friends from Biddulph Moor who went off together to fight in the Great War 1914 - 1918
..... and that the re-published version of Mr. Gordon Lomas‘s “Brindley Ford” is also available.
Gordon describes growing up in Brindley Ford, the people of the village, the local dialect of the people and miners, the Churches and Chapels, the Victoria and Chatterley Whitfield Collieries and the beginning of Primitive Methodism in the area.
One of the new pictures added to the original copy in this edition which costs £5.00.
..... and a reminder that Mr. Richard Dean’s
is still available. A map of the Parish using the 1876 Ordnance Survey Map which was published in December 2015, it has 61 A4 pages and is selling at £6.95
..... and that Geraldine Outhwaite’s
Womens Work in The 1940s and 1950s.
(The jobs women were doing in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent areas)
.... is also available.
Women‘s Work in The 1940s and 1950s has 122 A5 pages and costs £8.50
..... and that they are all available to buy at Society Meetings; in Biddulph Library; or, by contacting the Secretary
Books Published by the Society
** Publications **
B19: ‘Duke of York Square’ written by Michael Turnock. A study of the three streets known locally as the “Square.” They are located between High Street and Station Road in an area mentioned on the 1876 map of Bradley Green (the original name of present day Biddulph), and it was a mainly working class residential area in that period. Duke of York Square has 20 Colour A4 pages and costs £2.50
B18: ‘A Biography of Peter Biddulph’ This is the story of Peter Biddulph alias Fitton of Biddulph Old Hall (1602-1657) written by Phillip B. T. Wheeler. The Medici family is the subject of intense study, with real and imagined portrayals in books, novels and more. But what about those who served and lived in that household? Many whose names were well known at the time have faded into obscurity. One such member of the Medici household was an Englishman called Peter Biddulph, whose career took countless turns before he found his role there. A Biography of Peter Biddulph has 40 A5 pages and cost £3.50.
B17: ‘The Biddulph Grange and Knypersley Sale Document of 1871’ compiled by David J. Outhwaite. When James Bateman decided to sell his Estate the sale document included seventeen pages of description of the House and Gardens; six pages of lithograph drawings by Kell Brothers of London including Biddulph Grange, the Billiard Room, the Italian Garden, China Garden, the ruins of Biddulph Old Hall and the Grounds; fifteen pages of details of the fields, field use and tenants; and eleven pages of Maps of the Estate drawn in 1791. It has been converted to an A4 publication with missing information added from copies at the Staffordshire Record Office (S.R.O.) and William Salt Library in Stafford. The Sale Document of 1871 has 56 A4 pages and costs £4.00.
B16: ‘Moor to War’ written by Michael Turnock was launched at the March AGM. It is the story of two friends from Biddulph Moor who went off together to fight in the Great War 1914 - 1918. The book has 20 A4 pages and costs £2.50 per copy.
B15: ‘Brindley Ford’ written by Mr. Gordon Lomas, first published in December 1994 and now re-published with additional photographs in February 2017. Gordon describes growing up in Brindley Ford, the people of the village, the local dialect of the people and miners, the Churches and Chapels, the Victoria and Chatterley Whitfield Collieries and the beginning of Primitive Methodism in the area. The book has 68 A4 pages and costs £5.00
B14: ‘Victorian Biddulph’ compiled by Mr. Richard Dean published in December 2015. An Atlas of the Parish of Biddulph using the 1876 Ordnance Survey plans and includes the early history of the Ordnance Survey; the mapping of the United Kingdom; and, the ‘Book of Reference to the Plans’ which details the measurement system and the field use of the area. The book has 61 A4 pages and costs £6.95
B13: ‘A Guide to St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph’ of September 2015. The new A5 guide to the Church includes a guided tour of the Church; an early history and information on the important local families and has 36 pages including 4 pages of colour photographs. The Guide is also available from the Church. The book costs £2.50
B12: ‘The Robert Heath Sale Document’ also known as the ‘Outlying Portion of the Biddulph Estate: For Sale by Auction Document of September 1919’ was reproduced in March 2015. The document gives details of many of the properties and land on the east side of the Biddulph Valley. The book has 40 A4 pages, the maps are reproduced in colour, and costs £5.00
B11: ‘Biddulph Born and Bred’ by Elaine Heathcote and Kathleen Walton of September 2102. A guide to tracing your ancestors in the parish of Biddulph, Staffordshire. This is a short guide to family history research and provides details of resources held locally and at Staffordshire and Cheshire Record Offices with special relevance to tracing Biddulph ancestors. Sources discussed include directories, local newspapers, civil registration, the census, parish registers, monumental inscriptions, wills, parish accounts, maps and plans, rental lists and tax records. The book book has 42 A4 pages and costs Cost of Publications:3.00. (Hard copy £3.50)
B10: ‘The Topography and Antiquities of Biddulph in the County of Stafford’ – also known as the Writings of the Reverend Hadfield of May 2012. Written in 1837 and converted from a handwritten manuscript by members of the Society. It gives detailed family history of Local families, Church Registers, Payment of Tithes and other interesting information. The book has 79 A4 pages and costs £5.00
B09: ‘A Survey of the Inhabitants of Biddulph 1801’ of May 2012’ compiled by Mr. Derek Wheelhouse. A list of all the families of Biddulph originally taken by the Reverend J. Wilson. The booklet has 8 A4 pages and costs £1.50 per A5 copy or A4 Adobe PDF file.
B08: ‘A Survey of the Inhabitants of Biddulph 1779’ of May 2012' compiled by Mr. Derek Wheelhouse. A list of all the families of Biddulph originally taken by the Reverend J. Wilson. The booklet has 8 A4 pages and costs £1.50 per A5 copy or A4 Adobe PDF file.
B07: ‘A History of Biddulph’ – from the writings of Mr. Richard Biddulph of January 2012. Published as an A5 book in 1997 and updated as a PDF document. The history of Biddulph from 1600 including the English Civil War and Siege of Biddulph Old Hall. The book has 60 pages and costs £2.50.
B06: ‘Always Doing His Duty - The Story of John Harold Rhodes - A Packmoor Hero’ by Michael Turnock of October 2017. This is the life story of Lance Sergeant John Harold Rhodes V.C., D.C.M. of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards who was awarded a V.C. for his bravery on the 9th October 1917. The book has 24 colour pages and costs £3.00 per A4 copy or A4 Adobe PDF file. It is an updated version of ‘A Packmoor Hero of the First World War’ written by Michael Turnock, and published in June 2011.
B05: ‘Old Gillow – the story of the community at Gillow Heath’ by Elaine Heathcote of September 2010. 154 pages of anecdotes and history of the village next door to Bradley Green (Biddulph). The book has 154 A4 pages and costs £12.
B04: ‘Goowin' dine th’ grayn – A History of Biddulph High Street’ has been compiled by Elaine Heathcote, Margaret Fernyhough, David J. Outhwaite, Kath Walton and Derek Wheelhouse of December 2007. Nearly 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 193 A4 pages and costs £6.00
NOW SOLD OUT but available as an Adobe PDF document.
B03: ‘The Story of the Creation of Meadows Way: the Biddulph Inner By–pass’', written and edited by Nigel R. Yates in 2003 and published in March 2007 with colour photographs taken by Brian Nightingale, Michael J. Turnock and Nigel R. Yates.
The book details the long arguments and fight for the by–pass. It includes a photographic record of the town before and during the building of Meadows Way and has over 100 colour photographs. Click here By-pass to see some of the photographs included. The book was printed with support from The Tourism Committee of Biddulph Town Council.
B02: ‘St. Lawrence Monumental Inscriptions No.2’. A survey of more gravestones around Biddulph’s Parish Church of July 2005 [Graves in the plot along the roadside to the North of the Church]. The book has 150 A4 pages and costs £6.00
B01: ‘St. Lawrence Monumental Inscriptions No.1’. A survey of every gravestone around Biddulph’s Parish Church of December 2002 was transcribed and compiled by Gordon and Pam Lomas. [The 658 graves closest to the Church] The book has 116 A4 pages and costs £6.00 (of which £2 will donated to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice).
B00: ‘St. Lawrence Parish Church, Biddulph - Parish Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1813-1836’ was originally transcribed by the Society and published in 2003. It has been reworked and printed with a full list of baptisms, marriages and burials including a page missed in the original publication. St. Lawrence Parish Registers has 116 A4 pages and costs £4.00.
Transactions or Occasional Papers published by the Society
T11: Transaction 11 of June 2015 ‘Early Rail Transport in the Biddulph Valley’ written by Mr. Paul Blurton and based on research by Mr. Derek Wheelhouse (31 Pages). The information has been updated and extended with all photographs in colour.
T10: Transaction 10 of April 2015 an ‘Early History of Chatterley Whitfield Colliery’ written by Mr. James Jack in 1935 (35 Pages). Converted from Mr. Jack’s hand written notes, this is a personal view of the development of one of the largest local collieries.
T09: Transaction 9 of April 2015 the writings of Mr. Harry Page (53 Pages). A Tribute to a Founder Member of the Biddulph History Society who died on the 6th of January 2015 including trips organised by Mr Harry Page as ‘Excursion Secretary’ of the Biddulph History Society; Extracts from ”Biddulph by the Diggings” and, Extracts from “The Biddulph Players 1950 – 2000”.
T08: Transaction 8 of February 2015 (39 Pages) includes amongst other articles: A look at Religion in the Staffordshire Moorlands – including three chapters from The Centenary of Primitive Methodism and notes on the Quakers. It also includes short articles on Local Policing, a local memory, a marriage bond and a walk around Bursley.
T07: Transaction 7 of December 2012: “From Bradley Green to Massachusetts” by Mr. Enoch Whalley (74 Pages). The memories of Mr. Enoch Whalley of Gillow Heath first serialised in the based on the fifteen chapters published in the “Biddulph Chronicle” between the 31st December 1937 and the 14th of April 1938. In 1997 a reprint was published in twenty one parts between the 21st of February 1997 and the 11th of July 1997. This is the first time all the document has been published in a single book.
T06: Transaction 6 of February 2012 (56 Pages) includes amongst other articles: The History of Astbury Hydraulic Limestone Works by Derek Wheelhouse; exploring the Astbury Hydraulic Limestone Works by Len Kirkham; and A Walk around Mow Cop to Astbury Limestone Works
T05: Transaction 5 of June 2011 (47 Pages) includes amongst other articles: The History of Lea Forge Colour Works by C E Ellerton; Hedge dating in Gillow Heath by Elaine Heathcote, and early rail transport in the Biddulph Valley by Derek Wheelhouse
T04: Transaction 4 of December 1973 (35 Pages) includes amongst other articles: The Biddulph Valley Railway 1854 - 1864 by John Hancock, the Development of Motor Bus Services in the Biddulph and surrounding area by Adrian Lawton; and, An article on Biddulph Hall from the Staffordshire Advertiser 1854
T03: Transaction 3 of June 1972 (37 Pages) includes amongst other articles: Part 2 of Coal Mining in the Biddulph Area up to the end of the C19th by Derek Wheelhouse; Tramways and Railways in the Biddulph Valley 1800 – 1854 by John Hancock; Biddulph Surnames 1200 – 1600 by John Sherratt; and, A Day at Knypersley Hall from the Staffordshire Advertiser 1853
T02: Transaction 2 of June 1970 (24 Pages) includes amongst other articles: Part 1 of Coal Mining in the Biddulph Area up to the end of the C19th by Derek Wheelhouse; The Passenger Services of the North Staffordshire Railway on the Biddulph Valley Branch Line by John Hancock; and, Old Buildings of Biddulph - The White House by Sylvia Tansley
T01: Transaction 1 of June 1968 (13 Pages) includes amongst other articles: The Excavation at Lee Forge, Biddulph 1967 by J.L. Bestwick and Place Names in Biddulph by John Sherratt
Cost of Transations: T01 - T06 (A5) cost £2.00 each and Transactions T07 - T11 (A4) cost £4.00.
Associated Publications sold by the Society
Two Images of England Books by Derek Wheelhouse
Biddulph Volume I: Archive photographs of Biddulph from the “Images of England“ series collected and written by Derek Wheelhouse. Includes pictures of the Countryside, Biddulph Village, Biddulph Grange, Transport and Industry, Recreation and Leisure, Men in Service, Schools, Events, Societies and Church and Chapel. List price £12:50 but available from the Society for £8:00
Biddulph Volume 2: Archive photographs of Biddulph from the “Images of England” series collected and written by Derek Wheelhouse. Incudes more pictures of the Countryside, Town and Village, The Grange, Transport, Trade and Industry, Recreation and Leisure, Schools, Local Events, Societies and Church and Chapel. List price £12:50 but available from the Society for £8:00
Four Books by Geraldine Outhwaite
1. Stories from The Shop – A 1950s Childhood (Published in 2012)
2. Brownhills, The Beatles and Beyond – The 1960s Growing Up and Moving On (Published in 2014)
Only a limited number of these books are available please eMail a request for a copy.
3. Marriage in The Biddulph District – The 1830s to the 1970s. Published in association with the BDGHS in 2015. Much of this information has been compiled by Elaine Heathcote and added to and edited into book form by Geraldine Outhwaite. The information was compiled during the early part of 2014 and the material was first used in a display in Biddulph Library in that year. Such was the volume of the material and its interesting quality that it was decided to draw the material together into a book form. Marriage in The Biddulph District has 124 A5 pages and costs £7.95
** New Publication **
4. Women‘s Work in The 1940s and 1950s (The jobs women were doing in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent areas). This book is an exploration of women‘s working lives in the mid-C20th, namely the decades of the 1940s and 1950s - very eventful times in which to have lived as life for women was expanding and changing more than ever before beyond the home and family. In the book, there are first-hand accounts of what jobs local women were employed in as well as historical facts to give background to working life at the time. The Women‘s stories document how the history, economy, industry and culture of the local area have dramatically altered. We notice that the types of jobs available then have disappeared (understandably) or at least seriously declined (lamentably.) Women‘s Work in The 1940s and 1950s has 122 A5 pages and costs £8.50
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