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:  £1 for Institute members, £3 for non members

13th January
                   Dr John Stubbs
                   "The Hope Valley Line and rural railways in 21st century Britain

10th February
John Whitfield – “Goosehill Hall Castleton - Then and Now”

10th March
Friends of the Peak District – “History of the Peak District

14th April
                   Ann Beedham
                   “Sunshine and Rain - A History of Rambling in the 1920’s”  

12th May
David Lillistone – “Misericords
                   (Misericords are small wooden structures on the underside of                                     a folding seat in church carved with often pagan images)

June                    Visit to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet date tba

July                      Bamford Carnival Exhibition

August                 No Meeting

8th September
Stephen Gay – “Railways in a Cornish Landscape”

13th October
                   Brian Gillham – “Life of Barnes Wallis

10th November
                   Sally Soady – “History of the Anglers Rest

8th December               Christmas Supper and Quiz

Further information from       Malcolm Dungworth    01433 651508
                                       or       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