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Last Updated 7th September 2021

With Ramsbottom Civic Hall still being used as a vaccination centre, we are not able to meet there. We haven't decided whether to find an alternative venue, or wait until the Civic Hall is available. Therefore we are not meeting in September and will provide updates when a decision is made

The new Nuttall: Ramsbottom's Lost Village.


book is available for ordering vis this link .  We also have other books produced by the Society, Around Ramsbottom, 19th Century Ramsbottom, Trade Directories, Nuttall Park

The books (apart from Trade Directories) are also available at Hearts for Homes on Bridge Street

If you live within walking distance of the centre of Ramsbottom, I may be able to hand deliver and then refund the postage, otherwise the book will be sent 2nd class by Royal Mail if 1 book is ordered and Hermes for 2 or more

We are also promoting a book Ramsbottom Scene  by John Tomlinson, a former resident of Ramsbottom.  John's book is available from Hearts for Homes, or direct from John.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we will be cancelling all public meetings until  Ramsbottom Civic Hall is re-open and can accomodate our meetings to COVID-19 secure guidelines

There is currently no  planned opening date for the Civic Hall,  and due to restrictions we are also unable to meet, so we cannot give a date for public meetings to restart.

The Photographic Competition results are now available here


The Ramsbottom Heritage Society is a registered charity which promotes the history of Ramsbottom, as well as recording the present through the annual photographic competition

We research the history and memories of Ramsbottom residents and produce audio memories, some are available here. We run a photographic competition each year to record the changes in Ramsbottom

We have made available old maps of Ramsbottom

We have a Photographic Database of over 6.000 photographs

We hold monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 in Ramsbottom Civic Hall

We also have an active conservation group who meet monthly to review planning applications and their impact on the conservation of Ramsbottom.

Membership runs from April to March and currently costs £8 a year, with a reduction for joiners throughout the year.  Members receive a twice yearly News Magazine, back copies are available for viewing here

Latest News

The Date of Build Register for properties in Ramsbottom has been updated in February 2021. See the details on the Research page

The Research page also has details of the various projects that the Society has been involved since 1997. These include documenting Scout Moor before the wind turbines arrived, the Crow Lane Project, the Kibboth Crew archaelogical dig, and the connection between Dickens and Ramsbottom


Bury Archives

The Society has a varied collection of over 6000 documents and 2000 photographs which are fully catalogued and packaged in archive-quality materials. Most of these documents and photographs are held at Bury Archives, where they can be viewed. The opening hours at the Archives which are on the bottom floor of Bury Library/Art Gallery are now Tuesday-Friday 10 - 3.30 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 1 p.m.

The online Catalogue can be found at

Duplicates of some of the archive are also available at the Heritage Gallery when open on the 2nd Sunday.  The list can be downloaded here

Heritage Gallery

The Heritage Gallery is on the first floor of Ramsbottom Library and has an exhibition created by members of the Heritage Society. The current exhibition, which will run until 2020 is called

Ramsbottom Pubs and the Odious and Loathsome Sin of Drunkenness and concentrates on the public house that existed around 1890

Monthly Meetings

We hold monthly public meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Details are here

Photo Database

We have a photo database of over 2000 photos before 1987 and over 4000 from the Annual Photographic Compettion

Click here for an introduction to the database or here for direct access