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 2017
The next meeting
January 5thBridges in the Tadcaster Area : Bill Oldroyd
February 2nd50th Anniversary and Annual General Meeting
March 2nd<The Workhouse : Linda McCarthy
April 6thThe Medieval Archer : Peter Lawton
"What has it got in its pocketses"
The medieval world explored by an archer's kitbag.
Monk Fryston archaeological digs : Ray Newton
June 1stSpofforth Castle and All Saint's Church
July 6th Museum Gardens, York
August 3rdChurch of All Saints, Saxton and St Mary's Chapel, Lead
September 7thGuy Fawkes - York, London and Tadcaster : Tony Morgan
English Heritage information about the castle. The castle is on Castle St in the centre of the village, meet there at 2pm. Car parking is in the street next to the castle.
October 5thA World War One Diary : Jeremy and Mark Swinden
November 2ndThe Baedeker Raids on York : Paul Smith
December 7thSt Mary's Church, Tadcaster : Fay and Peter Hodgson
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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