Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

BLHS Open Archive Evening

…in the Reading Room, Main Rd. Betley.

Come along and look at a range of Betley Local History Society’s old documents, letters, censuses, maps and albums.

  • Who lived at Betley Court?

  • Who owned the fields and farms aroundabouts?

  • What did Heighley Castle look like…and The Medicine House?

  • Who was the school’s Headmaster in 1939?

  • Did Betley have evacuees during the wars….and where from?

  • What do we know about The Black Horse … and The Swan…or Betley Post Office?

BLHS members will be there to help guide you to some of the answers.

Browsing will be free - older children are also welcome.

The usual Reading Room refreshments will be available too, so please call in and explore some local history with us.

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Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Talking 'Butts' ...and other odd ideas

A talk by Anthony Poulton-Smith at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

Talking Butts: the many odd ideas, often accepted as a part of history, which have no basis in fact.
The title comes from the many minor place names, found most often for fields or narrow lanes, seen as 'The Butts' or similar and commonly thought to show where medieval villagers honed their skills with the long bow. Yet it is easy to see this could never be true as the name nearly always appears several centuries before the law allowing the male villagers to miss church on Sundays in order to practise.

Many other 'facts’ will be given an airing and shown they could never stand up to scrutiny.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

For more information about Anthony you can visit his website here.

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Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

A Crewe Factory Girl - The Life of Ada Nield Chew

A talk by local historian Graham Dodd at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

Graham is a member of the Nantwich Museum Research Group.

The story of Ada Nield who came to prominence locally when she fought for improved conditions for those working in local clothing factories at the turn of the nineteenth century. She went on to campaign on behalf of the Labour movement, trades unions and for women's suffrage before running her own business. Ada was born in 1870 at White Hall Farm, Butt Lane in North Staffordshire.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

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Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

My Research into The Betley Window

A talk by Lawrence Bennion of Betley Old Hall at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

As you may know, the original Betley Window dates from the 16th or 17th century and is now on display in The Victoria and Albert Museum.

This talk will be a tribute to our former Archivist, Gregor Shufflebotham, who spent time both researching and discussing the window with Lawrence, and helping him to accumulate significant amounts of information and amazing illustrations about this very special May Day window.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

The Betley Window

The Betley Window

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Your Local Turnpike Trust - The 'Newcastle to Nantwich'

A talk by local historian Dr. Keith Lawrence at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

Keith is a member of the Nantwich Museum Research Group and Director of the Cheshire Civil War Centre at the museum.

More about turnpikes, toll roads and toll houses can be found on this rather dated site here.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

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Aug
22
3:00 PM15:00

Visit to Crewe Hall

UPDATE: This event is now fully subscribed - sorry.

Built for Sir Randolph Crewe in the 17th century, join us on a guided tour of this Grade 1 listed building.

Cost £3.40 (including tea and biscuits). Members and non-members welcome [if you’re not a member then please drop us an email and let us know you’re coming so that we have a better idea of numbers]. Better still, why not become a member and support the society.

Meet at the venue just before 3pm.

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Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

BLHS @ Betley Show

Look out for us at Betley Show, a family-friendly event held annually at Betley Court Farm, Main Rd, Betley CW3 9BH. Please call by our stand and say hello.

We’ll have some interesting archive material on display and some of the committee members will be there who you can chat to about the Society’s activities and current projects.

Why not consider joining the Society and helping to support our projects, monthly talks and events. You can pay securely straight away using the button on the front page of our website, or join up on the day.

See you there…

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Jul
25
7:30 PM19:30

North Staffordshire Women

A talk by local historian, cartoonist, author and artist Mervyn Edwards at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

Mervyn’s talk looks at the lives of several women who made their mark in North Staffordshire. These include pottery designer Clarice Cliff, one of the most fascinating creative talents ever to emerge from the Potteries - and the good deeds of two very different political and social campaigners: Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland (the Princess Diana of her day) and also the spitfire from Silverdale who gave her name to the Fanny Deakin Maternity Home.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

For more information you can visit Mervyn’s website here.

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Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Battle of Blore Heath

A talk by Mark Tinsley at the Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley. CW3 9AS.

Mark will talk about the Battle of Blore Heath in 1459 during The English Wars of the Roses.

The talk will explain a little of the back-history about why Blore Heath happened, provide some data on the participants, the weaponry involved, the landscape of the battlefield, the course of the battle itself and its aftermath.

BLHS Members £2; Non-members £3.

Here’s a little more about Mark…

Mark Hinsley has been a re-enactor of the Wars of the Roses for 32 years and involved with the Battle of Blore Heath for 27, appearing as witness on historical grounds in the 1992 planning inquiry into parts of the site being quarried in 1992. (This was the first occasion on which a battle site was successfully defended from development under planning). 

For many years he led the anniversary guided walk on the battle, (now curtailed due to changing crop patterns), and has given numerous presentations and guided walks on Blore Heath and other topics related to the Wars of the Roses, to Local History Societies and Museums, Universities and the Richard III Society. He was the organiser of the ‘Blore 550’ series of events in 2009. He is currently the Research Officer of the Blore Heath Heritage Group and Battlefield Custodian for Blore Heath on behalf of the Battlefields Trust. 

He is also currently writing a book on the battle.

In his ‘day job’ he is a consulting civil engineer specialising in the remediation of contaminated land.

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May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Walking Tour of Audlem with Celia Bloor

Following Celia’s recent excellent talk, we will be enjoying a walking tour of Audlem on the evening of the 30th. We will see some of the wonderful historic sights associated with this beautiful village and be able to experience some of Audlem’s rich history at first hand.

Whether or not you were able to hear the talk in April, if you would like to join us then please meet at Betley Village Hall car park (Main Road, Betley, CW3 9BH), so that we can leave at 6pm in the minimum number of vehicles. Alternatively, join us at Audlem at 6:30pm in the public car park (Cheshire St, Audlem, CW3 0AH) close to the church.

All are very welcome to attend.

Non-members £2.

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Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Royal secrets of Spode

A talk by Ray Elks at the Betley Methodist Chapel, The Butts, Betley, CW3 9AS.

A behind the scenes talk on Spode's connections with the Great Royal Families of Europe and in particular with the British Royal Family. Hear how Josiah Spode was a leading light in the Ceramic Industry and how he made the single most important discovery in the history of British Ceramics.

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