Archives & History Group

The Group is a section under the constitution of Brancepeth Community Association. Membership is open to any member of the Brancepeth Community Association – currently £5 per year. Anyone wishing to join who is not already a Community Association member should contact the Secretary using the e-mail address below.

The Group is engaged in the research,dissemination, and preservation in a searchable archive, of all aspects of the history of the ancient and modern parishes of Brancepeth, the church and the castle.  Meetings are normally held in the Village Hall with guest speakers. The group also stages occasional exhibitions on topical subjects and takes stands at Local History events. We are always happy to provide any information on the history of Brancepeth or to receive information from anyone who lives, or whose family have lived, in the parish.


The Committee
Chairman: Geoff Harrison (
Secretary: Vivienne Lowe (

Committee: Dave Armstrong, Jenny Marr, Jim Merrington, Ruth Pickles & Peter Storey


All items are available from the Secretary, postage free within the parish. For postage outside the parish please add £2 for booklets and £1 for all other items. 


Recipe Leaflets

Two leaflets of recipes which may have been produced by the cook at
Brancepeth Castle in times gone by, together with historical notes:-

1. Picnics from the past  - Price: £3

2. Afternoon teas from the past - Price £3

Walks Leaflets
A series of seven leaflets describing walks in the Brancepeth area, presented in  waterproof envelopes and containing directions and notes on the history of places encountered on the way:-

1. The Village. (1 mile)
2. Park House Farm (4½ miles)
3. Scripton Gill (3 miles)
4. Standalone Wood (5½ miles)
5. The Ancient parish of Brancepeth (7 miles)
6. Brancepeth and Stockley Common (5 miles)
7. The Deerness valley and railway (4 miles)

8. The Ancient Manor of Brandon (3 miles) 

Price: £2 each or all seven for £12.






 "They died for their Country”

A 77 page booklet paying tribute to the men of
Brancepeth Parish who gave their lives for their
country in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Price £5



 “Brancepeth’s Great War”

A 100 page booklet telling the story of Brancepeth parish and its inhabitants during the First World War.

Price £5.    

Both books may be purchased for a combined price of £7.50.

A brief history of Brancepeth Castle and it’s owners.
14 pages for £2.50


A brief history of St. Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth and It’s Rectors.  24 pages for £3.


'A Yeomans Tale’. The Story of Brancepeth Village and
It’s people. Told through the eyes of a fictitious Villager. £2


Miscellaneous Leaflets Price £2 each.

1. “Alfred and Aunt Elizabeth”, the story of Alfred Lord Tennyson and his aunt, Elizabeth Russell of Brancepeth Castle.

2. “ Leonard George Crawley”, a biography of this international golfer and cricketer who was the son of the agent to the Brancepeth Estates.

CD’s Price: £10 each.

“Who was who in Brancepeth”.  A CD containing over 400 pages with brief biographical notes on over 4000 people who have either lived in, or had a connection to, the parish of Brancepeth from 1066 to the present day. Updated
every week.


1. A pack of five assorted historical pictures of Brancepeth Castle with envelopes

Price: £2.50 per pack.

2. A pack of five assorted historical pictures of Brancepeth Village with envelopes.

Price: £2.50 per pack.

Christmas Cards

Available in packs of five of one design with envelopes. Message inside reads ‘Season’s Greetings’


Brancepeth Church £2.50 per pack coloured.

Church Gate £2.50 per pack coloured

Church in black and white. £2.00 per pack

Useful Resources:  Want to catch a bus? 

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