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 2019

November 7th
Dating old photographs : John Firth
The Tadcaster Community Archive has a large collection of photographs of the town. However it has not always been possible to record an accurate date for all photographs. A date has therefore to be inferred from objects appearing in the image; clothing, shop names, vehicles, street lamps and so forth. Dating old photographs thus becomes an interesting voyage of discovery through the minutiae of daily life.
December 5th
The Board School in Station Road : Isobel Stones
It is still just possible to make out the name 'BOARD SCHOOL' on the gable end, but the date the building was opened is now lost.

Programme for 2020

To be confirmed. There will be no meeting in January 2020, but meetings will continue on the first Thursday of the month in February (AGM), March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December. Summer visits will be in July and August.

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.

This new edition is a major revision of the first "Brief History" which was published in 1988, incorporating events over the past 30 years and recent discoveries about the town's history. The text is enhanced by an increased number of photographs, some in colour, and maps.

Contents :
Tadcaster chronology,  Tadcaster's Lords of the Manor,  The English Civil War ,  Religious Tadcaster,  Education ,  Transport in Tadcaster,  Brewing ,  Notable Buildings in Tadcaster ,  Archaeology around Tadcaster

2018. 70p, photographs, maps. ISBN 978-0-95322495-1.
This publication is now available either in local newsagents or by order though email. £5 plus postage.

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 0-95322492-9. £20 plus postage
This publication also available as a PDF file sent by email. £5
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 0-95322493-7. £20 plus postage
This publication also available as a PDF file sent by email. £5
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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