Welcome to the Penistone Archive website

We have thousands of photos, publications, ephemera and documents relating to the local history of the Penistone area and the collection is steadily growing.

The archive is in the process of being digitised which as you might imagine, is a lengthy process. We won’t be able to upload all of it here so what you’ll see on these pages is just a taster. If you don’t see what you’re looking for or would simply like to find out more, please send us an email or pop in to see us – you’re assured a warm welcome and we’ll see what we can do to help.

For more information about the archive and how you can help, please see the About section.

Towns & Villages

Brief histories of our local towns and villages along with other bits and pieces.

James "Potoil" Ashton, Penistone Town Crier

People

Read about the good and possibly not-so good characters of Penistone here…

 Penistone Almanac cover from 1944

Publications

A selection of digitised copies of publications and documents found in the archive.

Penistone History archives Journal covers

Shop

Books, DVDs postcards and the new Archive Journal available to purchase.

The Penistone History Group

The Penistone History Group hold regular meetings with presentations and talks. They’re interesting, informative and most all, enjoyable, covering old, local and modern history plus some by sessions by collectors and enthusiasts, many with local connections. Most are supported by a video screen presentation. Click here to read more about the group and view the year’s programme.

Latest News

Updated Railways Section

Did you know that the Penistone Line was the first electrified railway in the country?

Halls Section Updated

Halls Section Update We've recently updated information in the Halls section: Pule Hill Hall Huthwaite Hall Bullhouse Hall We hope you find it...

Donations

Since the archive reopened in 2013, many members of the public have donated a substantial number of items, almost doubling its original size. If you have anything you think might be of interest to us, please get in touch. These contributions all help to keep the archive alive and your help is very much appreciated.

Follow us on Facebook

Our Facebook page is a lively gathering of people who share an interest in our past. Often there are photos and snippets of information that appear here that might otherwise be forgotten. As you might imagine, it’s proved very useful for people researching family history, particularly if they live outside the area.