Old Vicarage

Gardeners Arms

St. John's Church

Bilton Historical Society is a local history society based at the Bilton Community Centre,
Bilton Lane, Harrogate HG1 3DU, North Yorkshire, England.

The Society was formed in 1996 to record, investigate and promote an awareness of Bilton's heritage and future, to unravel the secrets of Bilton’s past, its people, buildings, railways, industry, the royal hunting park and a lost way of life. The Society has successfully completed three Community Archaeology Projects supported by grants from the Local Heritage Initiative.

We publish a regular newsletter and organise a programme of talks and slide shows during the winter months.

The Society has a Study Group which is involved in local history research. The Group meets at the Bilton Community Centre, Bilton Lane, Harrogate on alternate Tuesday mornings (except August) from 9:30 am to 12 noon.

Although we already have a core team we welcome new volunteers to join us. We also want to make contact with anyone who has something interesting to say about the area, life here, how it has changed, the personalities etc. No research or academic experience is necessary, the existing team started out as complete novices and has picked up the necessary new skills and expertise working on the previous projects.

If you are interested, please come along on a Tuesday morning to meet us.


Membership of the Society is £6 a year or £10 for two people living at the same address.

Talks and Study Group activities have restarted after Covid.