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
January 7thThe history of Wetherby and surrounding villages : Victor Hawkins
February 4thAnnual General Meeting
& Local Photographs : Peter Bradshaw
March 3rdInterpreting old maps : Jim Brightman
April 7thThe history of the gardens of Newby Hall : Mark Jackson
The Battle of Towton : Peter Lawton
June 2ndHistorical tour of Wetherby
July 7thThe churches of Bilborough, Healaugh and Wighill
August 4thHistorical tour of Barwick in Elmet
The next meeting
September 1stReconsidering the experience of the Battle of the Somme : Dr Peter Liddle
October 6thRailways in the Tadcaster area : John Firth
November 3rdThe Potter family : Isobel Stones
December 1stPottage, 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.
Britain through Time
A vision of Britain through Time between 1801 and 2001. Including maps, statistical trends and historical descriptions, and the specific page for Tadcaster.
British Association for Local History
The Association exists to encourage and assist the study of Local History as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups. Publications include The Local Historian (The Journal of the British Association for Local History) and Local History News.
Local Historical Societies and websites include :
Leodis - a photographic archive of Leeds.
Secret Leeds - a site dedicated to investigating quirky, unusual or mysterious aspects of the built environment, culture and history of the city of Leeds, both past and present.
Maps and plans
Old Maps - online access to a complete step by step picture of land use changes that have taken place from the mid-19th Century onwards, from OS County Series, OS Town Plans and post-war National Grid mapping to unique Russian Maps of UK target locations from the cold-war era.
A Vision of Britain - online access to a collection of Historical maps
Britain from Above - the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953.
Past talksLinks to websites with information about a talk at our monthly meetings :
Tadcaster Community Archive.The archive holds copies of over 4,200 old photographs and images of Tadcaster and the surrounding area. This collection may be viewed in Tadcaster Library. Printed copies may be purchased.
Towton Battlefield Society
The Society's website carries extensive information about this local battle.
University of York - Local History
The Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University offers adult courses covering topics of Local History
and more general courses covering History and Heritage
York Archeological Trust
Based in York, the county's historic centre, and with an office in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, York Archaeological Trust has been investigating archaeology in Yorkshire and beyond since 1972. online portal
These links take you the search page of the catalogues and indices of these organisations. (Place the mouse over the link for a fuller description.)
Archives and MSS
The National Archive
The Archives Hub
Borthwick Institute for Archives
Gazetter of British Place Names
The London Gazette
West Yorkshire Archive Service
The European Library
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