News, events & publications


Open Meetings

Bowburn Local History Society (LHS) organises various meetings to which everyone is welcome.

All normally take place at Bowburn Community Centre,
normally on the second Monday of the month,
starting at 7pm.


Monday 11th March 2024

Warrick Rochester: “Metal detectorists’ finds at Old Quarrington”

Monday 8th April 2024

Tom Hutchinson: “Mary Ann Cotton, Notorious Serial Killer”

Monday 13th May 2024

Gordon Henderson: “Roman Medicine”

Monday 10th June 2024

Michael Chaplin

about his father, the ex-miner and writer

Sid Chaplin OBE

History & Heritage Room

Bowburn LHS has a room in Bowburn Community Centre which is dedicated to the history and heritage of the area.

Books, maps, photographs and artefacts of local historical interest have been collected here – thanks to donations that are being added to all the time – for the use of local research and interest.

The Room is now open to visitors again every Wednesday, from 12 noon till 2pm.

Appointments can also be made by e-mailing


Our latest book, “Early Years of a Pit Village”, is now on sale.

With 394 pages, it lists hundreds of events in, or affecting, the village of Bowburn up to and including the year 1930.

Copies of the book are available, priced £5, from the History & Heritage Room in Bowburn Community Centre (when open – see above), or e-mail or leave a message at the Community Centre for other arrangements.

Please add £3 for post & package, if books cannot be collected.

Cheques should be made payable to “Bowburn Local History Society”.

We are grateful to Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership and to the Co-operative Community Fund for funding this publication. 

Without that, it would not have been possible to publish this book at this low price.

(The sources of information included in “Early Years…” are not included in the book itself, to save space.

They can be found, however, elsewhere on this website: “Early Years…” sources.)


Our main source of income for several years came from the sale

of an annual calendar, with a picture of local history interest for each month.

Some back copies of these are still available.

However it has now been decided to publish them on-line.

See: Bowburn Local History Society calendars.

We ask everyone to respect the copyright on many of these photographs.

Guided Walks

Bowburn LHS has presented a number of local guided walks, 

as part of the County Council’s Countryside Service regular programme.

(See also Local history walks)


Recent additions to this website

The most recent addition to this site (March 2024) was a history of the Methodist Church in Bowburn by John Fuller.

In December 2023, we posted transcriptions of the 1921 Census entries for Cassop-cum-Quarrington, Shincliffe, Coxhoe and Cornforth parishes.

For other censuses, see: Local censuses etc.
(These entries were updated in November 2019.)

Transcriptions are also there of local entries in the National Register 1939.
(This listed every resident in the UK, with addresses, dates of birth and occupations, on 29th September 1939.)