Welcome

…to the Betley Local History Society’s website. In addition to the information that you can access here we organise regular monthly meetings, usually on the last Thursday of each month (except December) - take a look at our ‘Programme of Events’ in the menu to see what’s coming up.

Our events include:

  • Talks on topics of local historical interest or on wider issues relating to the village

  • Visits to various sites, landscapes, properties, buildings, record offices, archives etc.

  • Local research projects about Betley village and life in and around Betley in bygone times

We would like to involve as many local researchers and speakers as possible in our activities - so please do get in touch using the contact link if you’d like to find out more.

For up-to-date news about the Society please visit our frequently updated Facebook page - just click here or on the icon at the bottom of this page.

You might also consider joining our Facebook group - there’s also a button on the right hand side of the BLHS Facebook page that will take you straight to it.

We also occasionally post on Instagram & Twitter too - again, just click the icons in the footer and follow us.

A little more about Betley…

Betley is a village and civil parish in the Newcastle district of Staffordshire, England, about halfway between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Nantwich. Its name means the 'clearing in the woods' of Bette (a Saxon woman's name). Betley is an ancient settlement and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was then held by Unwin, the King’s Thane. 100 years later, Betley is recorded as being owned by Henry de Bettley. The church dates from 1247.

During the early reign of Elizabeth I, the village passed into the hands of the Egerton family, who sold nearly all of it to the Tollet Family in the early 18th century, including Betley Old Hall. Later, notable visitors to the village included Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale.