Old Vicarage

Gardeners Arms

St. John's Church


The next newsletter will be published in spring.

The first newsletter was published in September 1996 and to note that event we have put a copy on our web site. We aim to add more of the earlier newsletters over time. This time its number 2.

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We have held our membership fee at £5.00 since 1996, but in order to help with our increasing expenses for premises rental and lecture speakers' fees we increased subscriptions last year to £6.00 and £4.00 for any additional person living at the same address. Subcriptions are due on 1st March.


Bilton Historical Society Annual Report 2015/2016

Membership is now 92, which represents a small increase on the previous year. The society exists to contribute towards an understanding of local history and the local heritage, also to provide and preserve memories of the past for local people, which would otherwise be lost.

The evening lecture programme, organised by Isabella Ladigus, has been successful in that there has been a considerable increase in attendance compared with previous years. An encouraging feature has been that our members have provided two of the lectures.

A highlight for the Study Group has been the publication of The Bilton Heritage Trail a guide to a walk in Old Bilton and the Nidd Gorge which was released at the Bilton Gala last year. Walks based on footpaths and tracks in the area are well known; however the guide is unique in providing details of local industrial and social history much of which is sourced from the Society's research.

The results of research on the history of local shops and businesses and those which have existed in the past proved very popular and jogged a few memories when it was presented on a Members evening. Other projects which are ongoing include one on the history of Bilton Endowed School.

The Newsletter is an important element of the Society's activities. It is generally produced quarterly however the Editor points out that sometimes it is difficult to maintain this frequency. He is very reliant on input from members and welcomes contributions.

John Branson has accepted the position of Chairman; all in the Society look forward to his constructive guidance in the future.

Over its history the Society has researched a wide range of subjects relevant to the local area. A wealth of material is available but not necessarily in a readily accessible form. Increasingly the focus is on digitising and cross referencing of information and creation of databases.

The booklet Bilton Through the Ages was produced in 1985 by Bill Williams a past president of the Society. Bill has given permission for a revision to be carried out and this is now in progress.