Farnsfield is a large village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire in Sherwood Forest. It is in the local government district of Newark and Sherwood. The population of the civil parish as at the 2011 Census was 2,731[1], an increase from 2,681[2] in the United Kingdom Census 2001.

The village lies in a predominantly farming area. There is no major industry or employer within Farnsfield and the majority of people of working age living in the village commute to work, mostly to Nottingham, Mansfield or Newark.

Farnsfield's facilities include a small Co-op supermarket and Post Office, a village bakery, butcher, greengrocer, and other small shops. The village has two churches (Anglican and Methodist), a large primary school and two public houses (The Plough Inn and The Lion).

The Southwell Trail—a former railway line dating back to 1842 and now a multi-user route for people to enjoy on foot, cycle and horseback—passes immediately to the north of the village. A free car park for the trail is located off Station Lane.

In 1944, an RAF Halifax bomber MZ519-LKU crashed on the south side of the village. All on board were killed. The site of the crash has a large memorial.

The parish church of St Michael, at Farnsworth, in Nottinghamshire

Parish church of St Michael
Farnsfield is located in Nottinghamshire
Location within Nottinghamshire
Population2,731 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK 64675 56573
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewark
Postcode districtNG22
Dialling code01623
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
The parish church of St Michael, at Farnsworth, in Nottinghamshire
Parish church of St Michael
The village of Farnsworth, in Nottinghamshire


Farnsfield lies in central Nottinghamshire, approximately 14 miles (22.5km) north-east of Nottingham, and 4 miles (6.4km) north-west of Southwell. It is approximately a mile to the east of the main A614 road linking Nottingham to Doncaster.


The parish church of St Michael, which dates from the 15th century, was rebuilt by Thomas Chambers Hine and Robert Evans in 1859 to 1860 following a fire. Only a fragment of the tower from the 15th-century building survives. The parish is in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

To the south of the village, along the footpath to Oxton, is a small Roman marching camp, a small Roman fort. One mile south-west of the village is a small oval earthwork at Combs Farm. Encircled by a bank and ditch it appears (from excavated material) to be Romano-British in origin. Two ditches in a wood at Camp Hill, 1½ miles north-east of Farnsfield are the remaining traces of an Iron Age earthwork, a hillfort, which was estimated in the 18th century to have been 40 acres (16 ha) in area.[3]

There was a tower windmill on Siding Lane (grid reference SK644572) shown on a map of 1898[4] as an 'old windmill'. It was recorded as a shell in August 1935, with the cap and fantail gone. The mill was owned at some time by a miller called Whitehead, who also milled at Edingley Watermill. When in use, it was powered by a gas engine.

The Good Intent Windmill (grid reference SK639571) was a tower mill, built c. 1820 for Holliday, a resident of Farnsfield. Material for building the mill was carted from Fiskerton. The tower was of 6 storeys, brick-built and untarred, with 4 sweeps driving 3 pairs of stones (1 French and 2 grey). The mill was worked by William Shaw, who was succeeded by his son Alec c. 1893. The mill was sold to George Hutchinson who worked it for short periods until the machinery was dismantled and the tower blown up c. 1915.

A post windmill was recorded near the Junction Inn, the property of Bower.[5]

The 'Halifax Bomber Memorial', at Farnsworth in Nottinghamshire
Halifax Bomber Memorial

On 6 July 1944 an RAF Halifax bomber MZ519-LKU crashed on the south side of the village on its return to RAF Burn near York. The Halifax had been on a mission to destroy a V1 flying bomb site in Nazi-occupied France. All on board were killed. The site of the crash has a large memorial set before of a copse of English oaks and Canadian maples dedicated to the Canadian and British crewmen.

A "History of Farnsfield" was published in 2000 by the Farnsfield Millennium Trust and an aural history was compiled with recordings and transcripts, copies of which were given to the local schools. A copy available in the library is illustrated by local artist Barbara Coulam.

Farnsfield is twinned with the French village of Andouillé.

Notable people

Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, Australian explorer, was born in Farnsfield.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Area: Farnsfield CP (Parish)"
  3. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire.Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
  4. ^ Ordnance Survey One Inch to Mile, 1898
  5. ^ Nottinghamshire Archive ref. DDM 98/59 Sale of windmill 13 XII 1847.
  6. ^ "Augustus Charles Gregory". Farnsfield Local History Society. Retrieved 15 August 2013.

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2009 Nottinghamshire County Council election

Elections to Nottinghamshire County Council took place on 4 June 2009, having been delayed from 7 May, in order to coincide with elections to the European Parliament.

In the previous election, held on 5 May 2005, the Labour Party won a majority with 36 out of 67 seats. The Conservative Party were second with 26 seats, and the Liberal Democrats had five. Following the 2005 election, there were three by-elections, which all saw swings against Labour. The Conservatives gained Hucknall and the Liberal Democrats Sutton-in-Ashfield North from Labour, and the Labour party's majority in Mansfield East was reduced by nearly two thirds.

2011 Newark and Sherwood District Council election

The 2011 Shewood & Newark District Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Shewood & Newark District Council in Nottinghamshire, England. The whole council was up for election. At the time of the 2011 Census the Local Authority had a population of, 114,817.

2013 Nottinghamshire County Council election

The Nottinghamshire County Council Election took place on 2 May 2013 as part of the 2013 United Kingdom local elections. 67 councillors were elected from 54 electoral divisions, which returned either one or two county councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office. The electoral divisions were the same as those used at the previous election in 2009. No elections were held in the City of Nottingham, which is a unitary authority outside the area covered by the County Council. The Labour Party won a narrow majority of one seat, gaining overall control from the Conservative Party who had controlled the council since the 2009 election.

2017 Nottinghamshire County Council election

The 2017 Nottinghamshire County Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. The whole council of 66 councillors was elected for a four-year term spanning 56 electoral divisions, a minority of which return two councillors. The voting system used is first-past-the-post.

The result was no overall party group of candidates formed a majority. Before the election the council, had a one-councillor Labour Party majority — after the election the Labour Party formed the second-largest party group, behind Conservative councillors who will require the support of three other councillors during the administration to pass major changes.

A review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England led to altered boundaries for this election.

Augustus Charles Gregory

Sir Augustus Charles Gregory (1 August 1819 – 25 June 1905) was an English-born Australian explorer. Between 1846 and 1858 he undertook four major expeditions. He was appointed a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council.

Blidworth and Rainworth railway station

Blidworth and Rainworth railway station was a railway station serving the villages of Blidworth and Rainworth, Nottinghamshire.

The station opened in 1871 when the Midland Railway opened a line from Southwell to Mansfield.

The station closed to passengers on 12 August 1929 when the Mansfield to Southwell section, which passed through a mining area closed to passengers in 1929. Freight services continued until 25 June 1964.

Farnsfield railway station

Farnsfield railway station was a railway station serving the village of Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire.

The station opened in 1871 when the Midland Railway opened a line from Southwell to Mansfield.

The station closed to passengers on 12 August 1929 when the Mansfield to Southwell section, which passed through a mining area closed to passengers in 1929. Freight services continued until 25 June 1964.

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John Truswell

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List of electoral wards in Nottinghamshire

This is a list of electoral divisions and wards in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands. All changes since the re-organisation of local government following the passing of the Local Government Act 1972 are shown. The number of councillors elected for each electoral division or ward is shown in brackets.

List of windmills in Nottinghamshire

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Newark and Sherwood

Newark and Sherwood is a local government district and is the largest district in Nottinghamshire, England. The district is predominantly rural, with some large forestry plantations, the ancient Sherwood Forest and the towns of Newark-on-Trent, Southwell and Ollerton. Many settlements in the west of the district, such as Ollerton are former coal mining villages. Southwell is a small Georgian town with a Minster. The south-eastern settlements are home to many people who commute into Nottingham for work. Newark-on-Trent, together with Balderton, forms the largest urban concentration. Newark-on-Trent has many important historic features including Newark Castle, Georgian architecture and a defensive earthwork from the British Civil Wars.

Other settlements in the district include:


Balderton, Bathley, Bilsthorpe, Blidworth, Boughton, Brough

Carlton-on-Trent, Caunton, Clipstone, Collingham, Cromwell

Eakring, Edingley, Edwinstowe, Egmanton

Farndon, Farnsfield, Fernwood, Fiskerton


Halam, Halloughton, Hawton, Hockerton

Kelham, Kirklington, Kirton, Kneesall

Laxton, Little Carlton, Lowdham

Maplebeck, Morton

North Muskham, Norwell

Ossington, Oxton


Rainworth, Rolleston

South Muskham, Sutton-on-Trent



Walesby, Wellow, Weston, WinkburnThe district was formed on 1 April 1974, by a merger of the municipal borough of Newark with Newark Rural District and Southwell Rural District. It was originally known just as Newark: the name was changed by the council effective 1 April 1995.

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Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League

The Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League is the top level of competition for recreational club cricket in Nottinghamshire, England, and since it was formed in 1999 it has been a designated ECB Premier League.It has two feeder leagues serving the North and South of the county:

Bassetlaw and District Cricket League – North

South Nottinghamshire Cricket League – SouthThe early years of the league were dominated by West Indian Cavaliers, who were champions in nine of the first fifteen seasons of competition. After the 2017 season the club entered into a merger and became Cavaliers and Carrington.

The league attracts many top players, notable stars include Alex Tudor, Saqlain Mushtaq, Usman Afzaal and Bilal Shafayat.

The competing teams in 2019 are: Attenborough, Cavaliers and Carrington, Caythorpe, Cuckney, Farnsfield, Gedling Colliery, Hucknall, Kimberley Institute, Papplewick and Linby, Plumtree, Radcliffe on Trent, and Wollaton.

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St Michael's Church, Farnsfield

St Michael's Church, Farnsfield is a Grade II listed parish church in the Church of England in Farnsfield.

Thurgarton Wapentake

Thurgaton was a wapentake (equivalent to a hundred) of the historic county of Nottinghamshire, England. It extended north-eastwards from Nottingham. The River Trent formed most of the eastern boundary. It consisted of the parishes of Averham, Bathley, Bleasby, Blidworth, Bulcote, Burton Joyce, Calverton, Carlton, Carlton-on-Trent, Caunton, Caythorpe, Colwick, Cromwell, East Stoke, Edingley, Epperstone, Farnsfield, Fiskerton, Fiskerton Cum Morton, Fledborough, Gedling, Gonalston, Grassthorpe, Gunthorpe, Halam, Halloughton, Haywood Oaks, Hockerton, Holme, Hoveringham, Kelham, Kersall, Kirklington, Kneesall, Lambley, Lindhurst, Lowdham, Maplebeck, Marnham, Meering, Morton, Normanton on Trent, North Muskham, Norwell, Norwell Woodhouse, Nottingham St Mary, Ossington, Oxton, Park Leys, Rolleston, Sneinton, South Muskham, Southwell, Staythorpe, Stoke Bardolph, Sutton on Trent, Thurgarton, Upton, Weston, Winkburn and Woodborough.

Contained within the boundaries of the wapentake are parts of the current Newark and Sherwood district, Gedling borough and the City of Nottingham.

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