Village Archive

Here you can find documents, photographs, posters, pamphlets, wills, maps, newspaper articles and much more covering all aspects of Drinkstone life from 1749 until the present day donated or shared with us by many members of the community over the past 25 years – and items are  still being added to the Archive.

You can explore the Archive via an online database, where you will find information on
people, places, events both joyous and sad, music, drama, religion, farming, crafts and occupations no longer practised.

The Archive contains more than 1300 records – and counting.

~ Making the Archive ~

  • As part of celebrations for the Millennium in 2000, Sheila and Ray Beswick put together an exhibition about the history of Drinkstone. Residents were asked to submit documents, photographs and personal memories, and lots of information was collected. After the exhibition, the material was set aside, to be preserved as an archive for the village, for researchers and anyone interested.
  • Over the next few years, volunteers arranged items under various headings and information was added, though no permanent home was available for the Archive. Valuable help was given by Brian Cash, Finola Leary, Helen Steggles, Rex Plummer and Dave Woodward, among others. When the new Village Hall opened in 2013, room was allocated for the collection to be stored.
  • In late 2021, an ‘archiving group’ was formed to expand the recording process, with support and advice from Bury Records Office. This group of enthusiastic volunteers made good progress and in 2023, with the help of Tony Schmitt and the direction of Daphne Youngs, the compilation of an accessible online catalogue was begun.
  • Alongside the cataloguing, the storage and safe preservation of the collection has been improved by the purchase of museum quality storage boxes, thanks to financial support from the Drinkstone Educational Trust, Councillor Penny Otton’s Locality Fund and the Drinkstone History Group.

~ Using the Archive ~

My house is quite old. What did it look like before it was modernised?

My family is from round here. I wonder if there are any old photos?

How much did they pay for the beer to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria?

Who played the baddie in the panto last year? (He should be ashamed of himself!)

Answers to these questions and many more may be found in the Village Archive

Take a look for yourself using the online database ~

Click on the link below to access the Archive

This will take you to an online search form.

Here you can select Subjects, Names, Places or Genre (= type of document) from a drop down list, or simply enter a relevant word in the Text Box.

Click on Perform Search.

When results come up, click on the left hand box next to the record for more information.

Click on Clear Search to look for something else.

Access to the paper Archive is by arrangement – please quote the archive reference and box numbers given in the database for your items of interest.

If you have any material you would be willing to donate to the Archive or allow us to copy, please get in touch


Sheila Beswick                    

Robin Sharp                                   or

Daphne Youngs