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

(there is a stair-lift if required)

Entrance fee:   £2 for Institute members,  £4 for non-members
               Refreshments are included

11th January           Howard Smith      – The Mortimer Road

 8th February           Simon Barley       – ‘The Princess and the Saw’

 8th March                 Chris Corker         – Sheffield Armaments Industry (part 2)

 12th April                 Brian Gillham       – Neville Shute Norway

 10th May                  Sally Goldsmith     – ‘13 Acres’, the story of the Communists at Totley

 13th June                  Afternoon visit to William Lennon’s Boot Factory at
                                       Stoney Middleton the last remaining heavy boot factory in the UK.

 July                             Carnival exhibition

 August                       No meeting

 13th September     History of boot making
                                        – Libs Slattery (great granddaughter of William Lennon)

 11th October           Dick Shepley - The Shepleys of Woodthorpe Hall

 8th November         AGM and Films

 13th December       Christmas Supper and Quiz

Further information from:
   Kath Hearnshaw     01433 651624

Email:  bamford.history@gmail.com

PDF print/download page: 2019 talks.pdf             

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.

Pete Hearnshaw,
23 Jan 2019, 12:45