Malhamdale Local History Group

Research Site for the Townships of Malhamdale, North Yorkshire, England

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Malhamdale Local History Group

Providing an extensive range of information for both local and family historians and all interested in the history of Malhamdale and surrounding townships..

Forthcoming meetings are now to be held at 7:30pm in Kirkby Malham Parish Hall, as coronavirus restrictions are largely lifted. This will allow better social distancing and car parking. Visitors are most welcome.

To give a flavour of the type of talks we present: the Thursday 21st April 2022 Talk by Dr Mike Spence
“A Monastic Flock in 14th century Malham” -
A quest to unlock the contents of a medieval manuscript.
[To watch this recorded presentation scroll down to the end of this list or click here]

Forthcoming meetings: Updated 17/02/2023

16th March- Viking Astronomy, talk by Martin Lund

20th April, The Highlight of the Rural Year - the agricultural hiring fairs of northern England, talk byStephen Caunce

18th May, We Didn't Take Any Fault - life in a N.Yorks village during WW2, talk by Vivienne Rivis

15th June, Liverpool Cowkeepers - A Family History - How Dales farmers became city cowkeepers and suburban milkmen, talk by David Joy

20th July, Visit to Saltaire - guided tour with costumed guide at 2pm lasting approximately 90minutes, more details later

17th August, To be arranged

21st September, First Skin Your Sheep - manuscript production using Craven sheep, talk by Joyce Hill

19th October, Lime Kilns, their History and Heritage, talk by David Johnson

16th November, Malham! An illustrated talk based on images from MLHG Archive, by Robin Bundy (Archivist)

14th December, Annual Dinner, Kirkby Malham Parish Hall, 7.00 for 7.30pm


18th January, Members Evening, reading of the Malhamdale parish diaries plus member's research

15th February, AGM followed by wine and cheese

Any queries please contact the MLHG Chair, Linda Hodson via

Non-members / visitors always welcome to talks: admission £3, talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions and then refreshments if desired. Suitable for older children as well as all adults.
See the the MLHG Events page for any further details that may be available.

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The forum: now inoperative so please feel free to contact members of the committee for historical queries - we will try to help if possible.

Free Genealogy Record Forms for your Filofax!!

If you don't own a laptop, or want something more compact to carry around, organise your family history record keeping in a compact Filofax style binder with our free family history record sheet masters. (This is now historical in its own right! Younger historians may need to check out the meaning of 'Filofax' on their tablet or mobile)

Visit our Family History Search Page to find some useful resources for tracing your Malhamdale ancestors.

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Visiting Malhamdale: to view historical sites, get a 'feel' for the landscape and talk to residents about local history - one of the best ways to learn about the past!

Click here to find out about visiting Malhamdale

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Views of Malhamdale in old postcards

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Malhamdale Local History Group If you can't get to the meetings, then sample a multimedia slide show of the talk Kirkby Malham and the West Dereham Connection given by Mike Spence in June 2008. Many more of our talks are also available to listen online (mp3 format) .

The group also has a dedicated area on this website where you can find general information about its activities and projects, which include: Education in Malhamdale; Malhamdale at War; the history of Malhamdale Show, Walter Morrison - A man of many parts.

What you will find here: We offer an extensive range of information of interest to local and family historians, plus many links to other relevant sites too.

Information is divided into groups under the local township names for easy navigation. Just select the Village that interests you from the navigation buttons and see what is available.

The site is based on the historic ecclesiastical Parish of Kirkby in Malhamdale, but we also have some information on other nearby townships that fit socially and geographically within the area (Coniston Cold, Eshton, Winterburn and Bordley).

Don't forget to look at the Malhamdale page for more general information about the area.

The dedicated Malhamdale Local History Group section contains an interesting variety of projects for you to look at, plus full information about the group's activities.

Quick Search will rapidly find references to family names or places, with advanced search options available on the main Search page, however it doesn't search our Malhamdale People Finder database or the Forum, so these need to be searched separately.

New pages and more information are being added frequently, so remember to check the What's New page or subscribe to our RSS feed.

If you have any queries or comments visit our Forum and leave us a message.

Wanted New material

We are always interested in more Memories, Photographs, Maps, Deeds, Documents, Family Trees and other items relating to the area.
Don't worry, you don't have to create the actual web pages, the webmaster will sort out your text and illustrations into a web article, so contact to discuss your ideas. We also need more volunteers to transcribe material to go on the website. If you feel you can help please get in touch.


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