Tadcaster Historical Society is a small, local history group who not only meet monthly to hear an historical lecture, but are also engaged in their own research, both individually and in groups. Together, they have produced several books on the history of Tadcaster. These include a major achievement: the transcription and translation from Latin into English of the Manor Court Rolls of the Percy Manor of Tadcaster for the 16th and 17th Century.

In 2015, the Society obtained funding for an archaeological dig close to the site of the Motte and Bailey Castle in Tadcaster. The dig was successfully completed and now a Report of the dig is available in the form of an on-line file.

Programme for 2018

May 3rd
The Vindolanda Tablets - letters and lists from Roman Britain: Jim Birdsall
Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort (castrum) just south of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. Archaeological excavations of the site show it was under Roman occupation from roughly 85 AD to 370 AD. In recent years the discovery of well-preserved writing tablets has provided a unique insight into the lives of the fort's inhabitants.
(This talk postponed from March due to the bad weather.)

A model of Vindolanda and the associated vicus

Summer visits
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September 6th
19th/20th Century Milling in Tadcaster : David Page
Grain and animal feed production in the mills in Mill Lane
October 4th
Tadcaster Parish Records : John Firth
Outlining some of the interesting information about Tadcaster's inhabitants contained in the records
November 1st
An archaeological subject to be confirmed : West Yorkshire Archaeological Service
December 6th
How Tadcaster was built : Andy McRoyall
A look at local building materials and construction techniques


January 3rd
Grimston Park : Gil Firth
The history of the park, buildings and owners up to to its sale to the Fielden family in 1872

Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 7-30pm,
at the Tadcaster Methodist Church.

Admission is free to members, visitors £1.50 and refreshments free.

New members can join the Society at any of the meetings. The single membership fee is £7-50 per calendar year. The fee for a couple is £12.


NEW -- Tadcaster Photo Album Volume 3 / Ian Page, Jeremy Swinden, Val and Geoff Shipley.
A selection of old photographs of Tadcaster and associated descriptions. This is a reprint of this volume with updates to some of the descriptions. It was first published by Tadcaster Civic Society in 2002.
2016. 29p. Available in local newsagents £5 or by post
A brief History of Tadcaster / Tadcaster Historical Society.
1998. 45p. ISBN 0-9532249-0-2. £5 plus postage
Everyday life in Tadcaster : as seen through the Manor Court Rolls of the 16th and 17th century / Tadcaster Historical Society
"Wrangling neighbours, straying sheep,
  Thieves and vagabonds, rotten meat.
The Manor Court in Tadcaster, run by the lord of the manor, dealt with all offences and misdemeanours committed within the manor as well as administering the agricultural system on which everyone depended. This booklet explains how the manor court worked and looks at everyday life in the town. It describes the extent of the manor and the buildings within it, together with a brief history of its lords, the role of women and the importance of money.
2005. 45p. ISBN 0-9532249-1-0. £5 plus postage.
Tadcaster, 16th Century Manor Court Rolls : 1498-1599 / transcribed and translated by Tadcaster Historical Society
The complete translation of the rolls.
2005. xxi, 139p, index. ISBN 0-9532249-2-9. £20 plus postage
Tadcaster, 17th Century Manor Court Rolls : 1636-1670 / transcribed and translated by Tadcaster Historical Society
The complete translation of the rolls.
2005. xxi, 162p, index. ISBN 0-9532249-3-7. £20 plus postage
Tadcaster's pubs : a brief history / Ian Page.
2008. 72p. £5 plus postage.
Tadcaster history : coaches, boats and trains / Ian Page
The coming of the railway to Tadcaster had an important impact on the existing road and river transport: the railway itself eventually succumbing to modern motor transport.
2010. 54p. £5 plus postage

Publications are on sale in local newsagents. They can also be ordered by email. Postage varies and will be advised in response to the email order.

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