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.
It is November 1817 and you are among the crowd of six thousand people in Derby Marketplace. What have you come for? To see three men dragged around the square on hurdles, then see them hanged (taking half an hour to die), taken down and have heir heads chopped off. This was the final act in what is today known as the Pentrich Rebellion.
Farnsfield Local History Society welcomed Dr. Richard Gaunt from the University of Nottingham to our May meeting who gave a fascinating account of the Rebellion, detailing the reasons why it occurred, the march from Pentrich by about four hundred men towards Nottingham with the expectation that its citizens and the garrison at Nottingham Castle would join them. (They did not.) Jeremiah Brandreth was the ring leader who had come up from Nottingham and he and the other two were charged with treason. Dr Gaunt explained that from the outset there was little chance of success as there was a double agent know as Oliver who kept the Government informed of what was planned.
As in other years we provided a historical figure for the Scarecrow Festival and this year to celebrate the success of the campaign for VOTES FOR WOMEN in 1918 we chose to have a suffragette scarecrow. She attracted many favourable comments from the large number of people who turned out on the hottest early May Bank Holiday on record. Two of our members opened up the old lock- up on Mansfield Road as a pop-up Museum and were delighted by the many visitors they had. Congratulations to them for all the research they did on this.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 13th June (Lower hall of the Village Centre, New Hill). “A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES”. Lily Ann Dawes will talk about the Duchess of Portland, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck. She was an extraordinary woman, friend of actors, politicians and a lady who frequently had royalty drop in unannounced. But she was no Empty vessel and her collecting passion helped form part of the collection the became the British Museum. Visitors welcome £3.
On Monday 21st May at 2.00 we have arranged a guided tour of the St. Ann’s Allotments in Nottingham, the oldest and most extensive allotments in the world, having Grade 2* listing by English Heritage.
We have also booked a coach to visit Eden Camp in North Yorkshire on Wednesday, 5th September.
If you would be interested in joining us then please contact David and Judith Milnes on 01623 882454 for more details.
Please look at our Events page 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, also buildings that have changed over th years. If you can let us have any then please contact us through the website or telephone.