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Bilsdale Local History Group

The Bilsdale Local History Group (previously the Bilsdale Study Group) was formed in 1982 by a group of local people with a keen interest in Bilsdale's history. Its membership is drawn from all walks of life, with the strong influence being that of the farming community and those making their living in and around the dale. The Group meets each month to discuss the dale and its people.  Topics can include archaeology, geology, ecology, natural history, culturural history and the people of the dale.  You can read about the local history of Bilsdale . If you are involved in any research about Bilsdale or Bilsdale families please let us know.

Next Meeting - meetings are usually held each month at the Buck Inn, Chop Gate. Please see the events section for details of the next meeting. All welcome.


Books and Sales

The Bilsdale Study Group supports the production of books and pamphlets which deal with all aspects of the local life, history and geography of the dale. These are all available from the Publication Officer.

Title Price
Bygone Bilsdale £4.95
The Inkerman Free Gift The History of a Bilsdale Friendly Society £4.50
Bilsdale Wills and Probate Inventories 1711-1730 £5.95
The First 100 Years 1895-1995 Bilsdale Agricultural Society £4.50
Bilsdale Show Centenary Video 1995 £9.95
Bilsdale Field Names £2.00
Threshing Day Teas £1.00
Bilsdale Pastimes £0.50
T'ills was Fallin' Down, by Brian Marsay £6.95
Yeoman's Acres by D. W. Tyerman £6.95

Post and packaging £2.00 per book,


Open to anyone interested in Bilsdale. A regular newsletter is produced with a report of each meeting and giving an update of future meeting dates.

Come along to any meeting and join.


Chair: Malcolm Bowes

Further information about the history of the dale can be found here This information is based on "Bygone Bilsdale", published by the Bilsdale Study Group, and the "Bygones of Bilsdale " exhibition which was held in St Hilda's church in May 2010.