We hope you saw our Queen Victoria scarecrow on the May Bank Holiday. We chose her to mark her 200th birthday. Thanks to the team who makes such distinguished scarecrows each year.

At our June meeting the subject of the talk was “Maidens, Murderers and Monsters”- Victorian Melodrama.

Ann Featherstone, the speaker, has taught drama and has also appeared on television, her latest being in one of the programmes about “A House Through Time” when she talked about the house in Newcastle at the time it was a lodging house for actors. She told us about the theatre, the lighting and scenery for Melodramas, the stock characters, the dastardly villain, the handsome hero and the sweet innocent female role as well as the dark haired wicked woman . Echoes of this can still be seen in our television soaps.

Our July “Summer Social” is just for members.

On 24th July we have organised a trip on the Chesterfield Canal.

Our next meeting at the village centre will be on the 11th September when Karen Winyard will be reading from Anne Cooke’s Journal. (1835-1839). These cover the years she lived in Southwell and Upton. Anne was an observant and witty diarist. Her brother was Head at Magnus Grammar School and her niece was married to Thomas Massey, one of the Vicars Choral at Southwell Minster.

On 25th September members will be visiting the British Geological Survey at Keyworth.

9th October meeting is a talk on Nottingham Caves by Peter Hammond.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings. 7.30, Lower Hall, New Hill. ?3.

We have books “A History of Farnsfield” (5.00) and Memories of Farnsfield (3.00) as well as Philip Marsh’s book on  Farnsfield’s own pioneer and explorer Augustus Gregory whose family emigrated to Australia in the nineteenth century. Farnsfield to Rainworth – Journey of a Lifetime” (7.00) It is selling very well and can be obtained from Farnsfield and Southwell libraries, the Bookcase in Lowdham and Five Leaves bookshop off Long Row, Nottingham.
We also have copies of all these and also Philip Marsh’s book on the Farnsfield Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. (Please see separate heading and photographs.)
Many thanks to those who have let us have photographs in response to our appeal. We now have plenty of photographs of pram races. There must be photographs of events organised by village Societies and clubs over the years. If you can let us have any then please contact us through the website or telephone. 
For more information telephone David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454



Many local historians and History Societies (including Farnsfield Local History Society) are getting increasingly concerned by the loss and destruction of old title deeds and documents.
This has recently accelerated with the introduction of compulsory land registration.

Registration of Title means that once registration has been completed the old deeds and documents are no longer required. Before compulsory registration the title deeds were essential and were most commonly held by Building Societies or other lenders. Now they do not wish to clutter their storage space and are returning old deeds to the property owners where they are in danger of loss or destruction.

Old title deeds are very useful in establishing how a community grew and developed. They also give a snapshot of how our predecessors lived.

Farnsfield Local History Society want to try and build up such a picture by obtaining and storing unwanted old deeds and documents, or just borrowing them. So it is asking anyone who holds such items relating to Farnsfield and its immediate neighbourhood to pass them on to the Society so that they can be studied and any useful information recorded.

If you are willing to pass on old deeds to the Society please contact David and Judith Milnes at Long Acre, Main St., Farnsfield, telephone no. 01623 882454 or email to

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New Album Page Added – Farnsfield Photographs

Please take a look at the new photo album page.  We are experimenting with different ways of displaying the hundreds of Farnsfield Photographs, pictures and images we have gathered that portray Farnsfield’s history.  In time each image will appear in the appropriate page of the web site.  This page will remain though to allow you to browse the images at your leisure. Please take a moment to let us know what you think.

Also, if you have any photographs to add to the collection please let us know, whether it is your village society or one of the many events where Farnsfield  “celebrated” such as the Millennium, the Queen’s coronation or jubilee celebrations


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