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

Summer visit
July 5th
St 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.

Summer visit
August 2nd
Toulston 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 6th
19th/20th Century Milling in Tadcaster : David Page
Grain and animal feed production in the mills in Mill Lane
October 4th
Tadcaster Parish Records : John Firth
Outlining some of the interesting information about Tadcaster's inhabitants contained in the records
November 1st
An archaeological subject to be confirmed : West Yorkshire Archaeological Service
December 6th
How Tadcaster was built : Andy McRoyall
A look at local building materials and construction techniques


January 3rd
Grimston 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.


A brief History of Tadcaster / Tadcaster Historical Society.
An updated edition of this publication will be available soon.
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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