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
June 7thAll Saints Church, Saxton. Meet at 7-30 pm.
A talk and conducted tour of this 12th century church by Peter Jesty. The church is famous for the grave of Lord Dacre, killed at the battle of Towton and buried with his horse. There is a comprehensive entry for the church in the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture"
A medieval cross on the wall of the church tower.
July 5thSt Mary's Church, Tadcaster. Meet at 2pm.
A conducted tour St Mary's church by various members of the society. St Mary's church has ancient origin, but the oldest parts are of the 14th and 15th centuries. The church was often flooded. In 1875 the church was carefully dismantled and over the next two years rebuilt with the floor 5 feet higher. Unfortunately this did not prevent the church being flooded in 2015. The entry in the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture"
St Mary's Tadcaster in the 19th century.
August 2ndToulston Lodge (Tadcaster Grammar School).
Meet at 2pm.
This tour offers the chance to see the interior of the Lodge which was redesigned by the Tadcaster architects Bromet and Thorman. (You may be amused by the BBC Domesday entry for the Tadcaster compiled by school children in 1986.)
Toulston Lodge in the early 20th Century.
September 6th19th/20th Century Milling in Tadcaster : David Page
Grain and animal feed production in the mills in Mill Lane
October 4thTadcaster Parish Records : John Firth
Outlining some of the interesting information about Tadcaster's inhabitants contained in the records
November 1stAn archaeological subject to be confirmed : West Yorkshire Archaeological Service
December 6thHow Tadcaster was built : Andy McRoyall
A look at local building materials and construction techniques
January 3rdGrimston 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.
ADS: Archaeology Data Service
The Archaeology Data Service is a not-for-profit organisation based in the picturesque setting of The King's Manor at the University of York. The aim is to collect, describe, catalogue, preserve, and provide user support for digital resources that are created as a product of archaeological research. Many of these are accessible on-line.
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. Members may borrow these two publications, please ask at a meeting.
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
The National Library of Scotland provides on-line access to Ordnance Survey maps of the United Kingdom. This is an excellent resource for old 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.
North Yorkshire County Record Office
The Record Office provides record keeping services for North Yorkshire County Council and its communities. Online catalogue
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
West Yorkshire Archive ServiceThe West Yorkshire Archive Service provides access to archives in 5 locations in West Yorkshire, including the new History Centre in Wakefield. (Tadcaster was a part of West Yorkshire until 1975.)
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
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