History Group

Bamford & District History Group

The History Group was formed several years ago to study and enjoy the history of Bamford and the surrounding areas. We are one of the User Groups of the Institute and members of the Institute area automatically members of the History Group. We hold monthly meetings, usually on the second Friday night in the month depending of the availability of speakers, and arrange visits to places of interest in the summer. Members of the Institute who attend History Group meetings are sent a Newsletter and Meetings Programme.

The History Group has collected an archive of local records including the census records from 1851 to 1901, an index of the Parish Burial Record and Marriage Record. We have copies of the 1842 Tithe Map and list of landowners and have a large collection of copies of local photographs. Geoff Darwent’s collection of cuttings of the entries in the Derbyshire Times from the early 1950s is also deposited with us.
Members Evenings are arranged for theses items to be viewed. Exhibitions of Photographs are held annually.

Current Committee Members

Malcolm Dungworth (President)
Kath Hearnshaw (Chair)
Maureen Dungworth (Secretary)
Dave Sheldon (Treasurer)
Jennifer Fox
David Holmes
Howard Ward
Peter Hearnshaw


Bamford Village Institute

8pm start unless specified

Entrance fee:   £2 for Institute members,  £4 for non-members
               (there is a stair-lift if required)

12th January          Steven Fox             ~ Saltaire and its history.

9th February              Chris Corker          ~ The Sheffield Armaments Industry in 1914.

9th March                      Fay Hartley            ~ A Glossop Apothecary.

13th April                 Scott Russell

“A show with songs and stories from Sheffield’s Industrial Heritage.”


21st/22nd April     “Memories of Ashopton”

Exhibition of images of Ashopton from the album purchased at auction last year and enhanced by the students of Chesterfield College with interactive 3D images.

n.b. Parking is limited but more spaces are available in the upper car park at the rear of the Anglers Rest across the road.


11th May                  Ann Beedham       ~ Randini  “the man who helped Houdini.”

29th June                 Trip to Dronfield Hall Barn 

14th & 15th July      Carnival Exhibition.

August                      No meeting.

14th September     Dr. Simon Barley              ~ The Princess and the saw

   “A story of saw making in Sheffield and a very special gift”

12th October           Ted Hancock          ~ Building Ladybower Reservoir and

    the involvement of the railways.

9th November         AGM and WW1 EXHIBITION.

14th December       Christmas Supper and Quiz.


              Further information from:   Kath Hearnshaw     01433 651624

Email:  bamford.history@gmail.com

Bamford and District History Group published, in July 2007, a history trail leaflet describing a walk around Bamford village.  These are available free at Bamford Post Office, village pubs, Bamford Bakery and visitor centres at Castleton, Edale and Fairholmes, Derwent Dam.

Walking Tour of Bamford Leaflet