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 2020

In the light of government advice related to COVID-19 crisis all our meetings until June have been cancelled. The society will review the situation as it progresses.

April 2nd
Secret Lives of Objects: 200 Years of Museums in Leeds - Lucy Moore
Leeds Museums hold a collection of over one million items of historical, scientific and social interest which range from pre-historic human remains through a fabulous collection of butterflies to steam engines. The museums include the Leeds City Museum, the Leeds Industrial Museum, Abbey House Museum, Thwaite Watermill, Lotherton Hall and the Leeds Discovery Centre which houses the collection not on public display.
More information at the Leeds Museum website.
May 7th
Archaeology around Tadcaster - Richard Gibson
June 4th
Early Celtic Menagerie: Animals of the art in England and Wales c. 400BC to 100AD - Reb Ellis
July 2nd
Summer visit
August 6th
Summer visit
September 3rd
The Londesborough Sale of 1873 - John Firth
October 1st
The Life and Death of Margaret Clitherow - Tony Morgan
November 5th
The British Archaeologist and the Lady Laird - Isobel Stones
December 3rd
Burmantofts Pottery - Lesley Newnham

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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