THE HISTORY OF BRACKENHURST was the subject of PETER LYTH’S talk to the Society in April.

The house was built in 1828 on farmland south of Southwell, then known as Tower Wong Close, by the Reverend Thomas Cane as a vicarage. In 1861 his daughter had a baby at the house. She was Mrs. Allenby and they called their son Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby. He was to become Field Marshall Viscount Allenby who led the British Empire’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the conquest of Palestine in the First World War.

The House was bought by the Foljambe family in 1887 who sold it in 1899 to Hicking of the Hicking Pentecost factory on London Road in Nottingham. He was a self made man who became Baronet Hicking of Southwell in 1918. It was he who named it Brackenhurst Hall in 1902 and extended it and embellished it with a tower, balustrades and Tuscan columns as well as laying out the gardens in grand style to include a dew pond and teahouse.

In 1947 it was sold to Notts. County Council to become an Agricultural College with Peter Lyth’s father, Philip, as its Principal. Nottingham Trent University took it over in 1999.

On 8th May local Archaeologist Matt Beresford’s talk will be on GRAFFITI IN THE MINSTER.

The meeting on 12th June welcomes back ANN FEATHERSTONE for a thrilling tale of MAIDENS, MURDERERS AND MONSTERS.

As usual the venue is the Lower Hall of Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill at 7.30. Visitors always welcome £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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