Updated 12 June 2024

Events Diary 2024


The Society intends to attend the following events in 2024. Committee members may be present to answer any queries you may have - so please come along.






Charles Fairey - Historian


Charles has written many publications about the history of South Cheshire, which are available to read as e-books on his website:


His latest is titled Early Nantwich. Others include:Betley & Area During The English Civil War and The Lost chapel and Pubs of Barthomley


New Publication - December 2023

Life and Death in North Staffordshire: Inquest Reports from Audley and Surrounding Villages.

Volume 1, 1830-1879

Edited by

Christine Huxley





Go to pubications







New Publication - November 2023


Audley Historian Vol 29, 2023





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New Publication - September 2023

"Kidsgrove: A history up to the year 2000" by Philip Leese, was launched at Kidsgrove Library on 1st and 2nd September. It is now available for sale.




Price Reduction


The price of 3 books has been substantially reduced:


"Called to Arms" now only £1.50 +pp


"Letters of Lieutenant John Lawton 1915-19" now only £1.50 +pp


"Letters of Oswald Tittle 1912-18" now only £1.50 + pp


Go to Publications Page


(No members' discout at these low prices)





New Publication - December 2020


"The Diglake Disaster" by William Cooke is now available from the Publications page.



(click to enlarge)

£7.70 non-members (incl. p&p UK)

£6.70 members (incl. p&p UK)

Members are entiltled to a £1 reduction.


Also available for download here





Research Meetings


The next Research Meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July, 2024, 2-4pm.




The next Talk is on Friday 2nd August, 2024.






Members' Newsletter


The June 2024 newsletter is in the Members' Area.








Change of Venue for Meetings and Talks


From 7th August 2019 all AudleyFHS meetings and talks will take place at the Audley Methodist Church Hall, New Road, Bignall End, ST7 8QF.


Go here for location.







Additions to the Members' Area


The following have been added:

1. Audley Historian volumes 8, 9, 13, 17, 19, and 20

these may be downloaded free-of-charge by members


2. A collection of funeral cards of deceased in the Audley area.

We currently have a database of about 416 cards and the images can be found on the Audley FHS Members’ Section. Often two images are available – cover and interior of the card. Although we have been collecting them for a few years this is the first time we have gone public, so this is a new resource for Audley researchers. A glance at the cards shows that they mostly relate to the ancient parish (i.e. Scot Hay to Butt Lane), with a good number from nearby parishes and occasional ones from further afield if they were given as part of a collection (so clearly there is a good chance of a connection). They range in date from 1864-2010. We hope you find them useful. If you should decide to do further research on the subject more generally and analyse the cards on our database for an article in Audley Historian, this again would be pioneering work and please us mightily.

Ian Bailey Email:  


The index is below. To view the cards go to the Members Area.



3. Old Audley

Now in the Members' Area . Updated 5 June2023.


4.Extracts of Audley St. James' Parish Magazines



4. Documents

Scans of bills from Old Hayswood Collieries, Halmerend are in section 13

20 more scans were added on 20th August 2022

18 scans of documents were added on 17-10-22 under "New Additions"

66 scans were added on 22-10-22 under various headings with the date 20-10-22


5. Audley Wills

A new section was added in October 2022 and additions in March 2023 and May 2024


6. Staffordshire History Network


A new section was added in March 2023. We are members of the Network.


Publications Payment by PayPal

Publications can 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 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. Go to Joining Us


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, but please note it is not memmbersip of the society . You may join our society by Paypal here). We now have over 1000 Facebook 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.  


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


Old Audley has been updated and moved to the Members'Area,

The articles describing the changes in Audley have been updated. (5 June 2023 )

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


Audley Historian volumes 17 and 19 have been added to the Members' Area

A collection of funeral cards have been added to the Members' Area

February 2018


Extracts from St James's, Audley, parish magazines, 1920 - on have been added to the Members' Area

From February 2019


Records for Viewing at Reseach Meetings

Many new records have been added including a varied assortment of maps from 1740 to 1968. Full list here.

October 2018


A new section has been added to World Wars:Memorials to the fallen in the two World Wars in Audley Churchyard.

October 2019


Audley Historian 20 has been added to the Members' Area

April 2022


A new section, Audley Wills, was added To the Members' Area in October 2022, with additions in March 2023

October 2022 and March 2023


A new section, Audley Wills, was added To the Members' Area in March 2023

March 2023


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