Update 4 Jan 2018


Minnie Pit Disaster Centenary 2018

Information about events happening in and around the village of Halmer End during January 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of the Minnie Pit Disaster which took place in the village on 12th January 1918 can be seen on the Halmerend Methodist Church website here.



New Publication Soon

Victims of the Minnie Pit Disaster 1918


For more information and the launch, go here



Audley Historian 23




The 2017 edition of our journal is now available from the usual outets including the Publications page of this website..



A Bush By Any Other Name, Julie Bagnall

The Surprising Background of the Reverend John Pauli (1837-1918), Ian Bailey

Chesterton Memories: Shopping in the 1960s, Kay Washbrook

God’s Little Acre: ‘The Bag’, Chesterton, Graham Griffiths

A Life in Mining, Arthur Dumbill

Geography Field Work: A Panoramic View, Bignall End 1965, Kathleen Brémond

Additions, Corrections and Apologies: The Theatre Groups of Audley; New Springs Farm, Talke; Names Added: Cover Photo, Audley Historian 7, 2007





New Name for BMSGH


The BMSGH has changed its name to Midlands Ancestor.The North Staffs Branch are starting to use the name "North Staffs Family History - a local group of Midlands Ancestor "  




New Publication


"Called to Arms 1803-12 in the Staffordshire- Cheshire border region: Volunteer Infantry Corps for home defence under threat of a Napoleonic invasion"


Paul Anderton

Launched at Newcastle Museum on 30 th April and published by Audley and District Family History Society .


The book makes available to family and local historians information otherwise only found in The National Archives. It contains names of hundreds of men who in 1803-4 joined home defence units in such places as Leek, Nantwich, Newcastle, Audley and Betley, Kidsgrove, Etruria, and Sandbach. They drilled and exercised weekly and went on annual camps, all in the expectation that they might be need to repel French armies headed by Napoleon Buonaparte. The history of each corps is explained and the circumstances in which each was formed are described. 


It may be purchased using Paypal on the Publications page or directly from Mark Casewell (see Publications page)


Price £5.50 members, £6.00 non-members + £1.60 UK pp and Paypal 0.50p surcharge (if applicable)


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Book Launch at our 30th Anniversary Event


"Never to Return"


3rd edition, edited by Ian Bailey and Christine Huxley


available from Mark Casewell and by Paypal from the Publications page of the website


£7 members, £7.50 non members (+ postage)









New Audley FHS Publication


"Halmer End: A Brief Account of Village Life in the 1920s and 1930s" by Nofara.  



The memories of a person raised in Halmerend.  


It costs £4.50 to members and £5.00 to non-members.


Launched at Halmerend Chapel on 9th Jan.

SOLD OUT but available as a download (see Publications pGE)





AH13 may be downloaded free of charge by members in Members Area


Facebook Group


The Audley and District Family History Society now has a Facebook group at . If you wish to join, click the "Join Group" button (open to everybody -no need to be a member of Audley FHS) We now have over 250 members. There are plenty of items of interest on family and local history, so why not give it a try?


Robert Mayer has been running a "Wood Lane" group for some time.To join go to the "Wood Lane, Audley, Staffordshire - Historical Research" page on Facebook.  



Research Sessions


Research sessions are held on the first Wednesday of every month in the Church Hall 2-4pm.  Next: Wednesday 7th February, 2018


Changes to the Website


There are a few changes to the website, mainly to the navigation bar titles: a new category, "Coal Mining" , contains the Minnie Pit appeal, formerly in "Minnie Pit", and Stewart Baker's memorial photographs, which were under the now removed "Memorials". Another new category, "World Wars" contains the list of Audley "fallen" commemorated on the Audley cenotaph previously in "Memorials" and new photographs by Clive Millington of the Audley Cenotaph, Halmerend Cenotaph,2014 Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph and the Audley Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School Memorial.

The Minnie Disaster Appeal has been updated.


The list of the fallen in both World Wars has been updated. It now shows if the Society holds a photograph of the person.

Update to the update: Audley soldiers by regiment and battle. Clive Millington has already improved the list mentioned above and done an exercise you might like to try. He put the dates into a format which is now more easily sorted into date order. This enables the dates to be checked for any soldiers who died on the same day, but just as important is the effect the sorting has on the regiments. If you sort the list by order of date of death you will see that a number of soldiers died on the same dates in WW1 but NONE in WW2. You will also see the groups of soldiers who were in the same regiments during a particular battle or offensive. Note, for example, the 3 RE tunnelling company soldiers who died in March 1916 and the 7 soldiers who died on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. There's certainly scope for further study. 

16 Nov 2014


The Members Interest Database is now active in the Members Area

23 Dec 2014


Old Audley has been updated.

The articles describing the changes in Audley have been updated. (Nov 2016)

The articles describing the changes in Wood Lane have been updated (April 2015- Apr 2017)

The Changing Face of High Street, Wood Lane has been added (13 May 2015)


Two sections have been added to World Wars: R.J.Mitchell and Air-raid Shelters

Nov 2015


Members Interests Database




Go to Members Area



Publications Payment by PayPal

Publications can now be purchased by PayPal. You don't need to have a Paypal account to use debit or credit cards.


Online Membership Payment

Online membership can now be done over the internet using your debit card, credit card or by PayPal account. You don't need to have a Paypal account to use cards. Click on the Joining Us button to the left.


North Staffordshire Historians


The December 2016 newsletter may be downloaded here