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 December) 

The Robin Hood Line – the Nottingham to Worksop Railway was the subject of our September meeting, a talk by railway enthusiast Bill Taylor from Mansfield with many historical photographs making it a very interesting evening.

A line from Nottingham to Mansfield was started in the 1840s, before the collieries in Notts. And was extended north of Mansfield in 1875 when the mines opened there to transport the coal. Continuation of mining in North Notts ensured the line was kept open even though it had stopped as a passenger service in 1964. Following a lot of lobbying to have this reinstated funding was obtained from the EU, British Government and local authorities and the line took the public from the Midland station in Nottingham as far as Newstead in 1993. This was gradually extended by opening up the tunnel at Kirkby summit, through to Mansfield Woodhouse and then on to Worksop.

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings – ?3 includes tea and biscuits.

The speaker on 10th October will be Pauline Marples and the subject:- Mansfield in World War I, which will include Clipstone Camp.

Members also enjoyed a visit to Winkburn Hall in September. Mr. and Mrs Craven-Smith-Milnes made us very welcome and gave us a very interesting tour of their home. We marvelled at the work Jane Craven-Smith-Milnes has done over the years repairing the plasterwork in the Hall. 

If you would be interested in joining us then please contact David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454 for more details. 

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.

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




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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