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.

Our Monthly Meetings have now restarted. The future programme is shown below.

During the pandemic the Society published a monthly newsletter entitled 'Breadcrumbs'. With the restart of meetings Breadcrumbs will be appear at a more leisurely pace.


Thursday 6th January. It is with regret that we have decided that the January 2022 meeting will have to be cancelled. The latest strain of Covid is rising at a considerable rate in Tadcaster. Whilst we don't know at the moment just how serious this strain is, we feel that it is not worth the risk and that the safest course of action is to abandon the planned meeting in January. We apologise for this but would not like to hear that the meeting was the cause of future problems.

Thursday December 2nd, 7-30pm

A cottage and garden near Tadcaster, 1797. Bill Oldroyd

This will not include any gardening tips but instead explores an outcome of Enclosure in the 18th Century.

The talk is followed by Christmas Refreshments.

As always, we will try our best to keep you safe by ventilating the room, having hand sanitiser available, and asking you to be considerate to others by using masks while moving around. There will be chairs spaced out around the room for anyone not wanting to sit close to others. If you are not feeling well, then please do not come and share your germs with everyone else.

Thursday November 4th, 7-30pm

Archaeology in and around Tadcaster. Richard Gibson

Various investigations have taken place over many years and what do they all tell us about the history of the Tadcaster area.

Breadcrumbs - an occasional newsletter

September 2021 :

  • A Time Capsule in Grimston Park (Control Room, Fighter Command 13 Group)
  • Wesley House, 1 Chapel Street
  • Lost Pubs of West Tadcaster: The New Street Pubs
  • A Carnival Queen's Sash (1975)
  • A September Storm (1838)

Click here for earlier issues of Breadcrumbs


A Brief History of Tadcaster / Tadcaster Historical Society.

This new edition is a major revision of the first "Brief History" which was published in 1988, incorporating events over the past 30 years and recent discoveries about the town's history. The text is enhanced by an increased number of photographs and maps, some in colour.

Contents :
Tadcaster chronology,  Tadcaster's Lords of the Manor,  The English Civil War ,  Religious Tadcaster,  Education ,  Transport in Tadcaster,  Brewing ,  Notable Buildings in Tadcaster ,  Archaeology around Tadcaster

2018. 70p, photographs, maps. ISBN 978-0-95322495-1.
This publication is now available either in local newsagents or by order though email. £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 0-95322492-9. £20 plus postage
This publication also available as a PDF file sent by email. £5
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 0-95322493-7. £20 plus postage
This publication also available as a PDF file sent by email. £5
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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