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


Bamford Village Institute

8pm start unless specified

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

Refreshments are included

10th January - Angela Darlington - ‘Finding Castleton’s Hospital – or Never Give Up!’

14th February – David Templeman - ‘Sheffield in Tudor and Stuart Times’

13th March - Stephen Gay - ‘The Hope Valley Line, Sheffield to Edale, featuring Wrawby’

10th April – Sal Cave - ‘Petticoat Pioneers’

8th May – Andy Bentham - ‘Scribbles, Scorch Marks and Scribed Symbols’

June visit - to be arranged

July – possible exhibition

August – no meeting

11th September – Frank Parker - ‘Ladybower 75 years on’

9th October – Thelma Griffiths - ‘Longshaw remembers the Great War’

13th November – AGM and films

11th December – Christmas Meal and Quiz

Further information from: Kath Hearnshaw 01433 651624

PDF print/download page: 2020 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.