Formed in September of 1966 in Oldham, Lancashire. John Lees and Stuart Woolly Wolstenholme were classmates who played together in a band called the Blues Keepers; that group soon merged with a band called the Wickeds, which included Holroyd and Pritchard. They became Barclay James Harvest in June of 1967 and began rehearsing at an 18th century farmhouse in Lancashire.
John stayed with BJH after Woolly left in 1979 and the band continued to release albums. In 1998 that Barclay James Harvest would be taking a sabbatical, it was effectively the end of the original band.
Henceforth the members of the band would be pursuing solo projects, albeit using variations of the Barclay James Harvest name. In 1999 the album Nexus was released by Barclay James Harvest Through The Eyes Of John Lees. A tour of Germany and Switzerland followed and was recorded for the Revival - Live 1999 CD (March 2000).
Mel Pritchard died suddenly of a heart attack in early 2004. Woolly Wolstenholme took his own life in December 2010, having apparently struggled with depression for many years