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.

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Programme for 2016

next meeting
January 7th
The history of Wetherby and surrounding villages : Victor Hawkins
February 4th
Annual General Meeting
& Local Photographs
: Peter Bradshaw
March 3rd
Interpreting old maps : Jim Brightman
April 7th
The history of the gardens of Newby Hall : Mark Jackson
May 5th
The Battle of Towton : Peter Lawton
Summer visits
June 2nd
Historical tour of Wetherby
July 7th
The churches of Bilborough, Healaugh and Wighill
August 4th
Historical tour of Barwick in Elmet
September 1st
Reconsidering the experience of the Battle of the Somme : Dr Peter Liddle
October 6th
Railways in the Tadcaster area : John Firth
November 3rd
The Potter family : Isobel Stones
The next meeting
December 1st
Pottage, Pudding and Pies :
Michelle Petyt

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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