We meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Lower Hall of the Village Centre, New Hill, Farnsfield at 7.30. (not in July, August or December) 

Visitors are welcome. (£3.00 includes refreshments) 

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 library, the Bookcase in Lowdham, the  Cathedral shop in Southwell and Five Leaves bookshop off Long Row, Nottingham. We also have copies of all these. Philip Marsh’s latest book is about The Wesleyan and Methodist Chapels and School, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire 1799-2012.

At the sixteenth A.G.M. of Farnsfield Local History Society’s on 14th March. Philip Marsh retired as chairman after a two year stint and he was thanked for all his work over that time, being beyond the call of duty and during that time publishing two books. “Journey of a Lifetime – Farnsfield to Rainworth” had helped boost the funds of the Society. Margaret Collingham also proposed a vote of thanks to all the members of the committee for the work they do for the Society. Doreen Clarke was elected new chairman.

After the conclusion of the business we enjoyed going back to our youth with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, thanks to BRIAN HOWES and his 75s and 45 rpm records and Dansette record player.

Our next meeting will be on 11th April when Paul Mann Q.C. will give a talk about “The Winkburn Murder of 1821”. A traveller was murdered on his way to Kirklington. The talk relates how the crime was investigated and the murderer brought to justice at a time before we had a Police Force.

As usual we shall be involved with the Scarecrow Festival in Farnsfield on 7th May Bank Holiday.

We are planning a visit to St. Ann’s Allotments in Nottingham in May and on 5th September a coach trip to Eden Camp in North Yorkshire. Those who have already been have been impressed by the Camp. There is always something new going on and a day is not long enough to see everything.

Please look at Events page on this website for our programme, photographs and lots more

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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