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.




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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