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"Farnsfield is a populous village and parish, pleasantly situated 4 miles west-north-west of Southwell. Its parish is within the liberty of Southwell and Scrooby, and contains 1,195 inhabitants and 3,625a 2r 13p of land, rated to the county rate at £3,524. It was enclosed in 1777, when 350 acres were allotted to the three Prebendaries of Normanton, Norwell Overhall and Pallishall, 157a 3r 15p to the vicar, and 5a 1r 21p to the Chapter of Southwell, in lieu of tithes. The Archbishop of York is lord of the manor, in which William Holdsworth Esq., Emanuel Howitt Esq., Richard Hall Esq., Jonathan bell, Richard Truswell and some others have estates, and also neat houses in the village. The church has one aisle and a square tower, in which are five harmonious bells. There is a small organ, placed by Miss Milward in 1851. The living is a discharged vicarage valued at £165, and has 19a 3r 6p of glebe, besides the allotment made at the enclosure. The Chapter of Southwell are the patrons, and the Rev. Henry Robert Wilkins B.A. is the incumbent. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists each have a chapel in the village."
[WHITE's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]

Archives and Libraries

  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the Library on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2014.


  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 865
1861 R.G. 9 / 2471
1871 R.G. 10 / 3532
1891 R.G. 12 / 2707


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Farnsfield area or see them printed on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael. (Editorial note: One source gives the dedication as: St. Michael and All Angels.)
  • The church construction date has been established as 14th century.
  • The church was rebuilt in the 1700s with stones from the original building.
  • The church was rebuilt, except for the tower, in 1859-60.
  • The church tower was probably added in the 15th century.
  • The church-yard was enlarged in 1869.
  • The clock was added to the church tower by Canon WHITELEGGE and his wife in May, 1879.
  • SMJ has a photograph of the Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Church of St. Michael on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1572 for all entries.
  • The Parish Book dates from 1794.
  • The churchyard contains no gravestones earlier than 1692.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Southwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1829.
  • David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the present Methodist chapel on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2014.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Southwell sub-district of the Southwell Registration District.
  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

Correctional Institutions

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Farnsfield Lock-up on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

There are likely no records at the parish level for this facility. But prisoners held for county magistrates may be found in county records.

Description and Travel

Farnsfield is a village and a parish 134 miles north of London, 14 miles north-east of Nottingham and 4 miles north-west of Southwell. The River Leen flows through the parish. The parish covers 1,600 acres.

If you are planning a visit:

  • Passenger rail service ceased in the mid-20th century. The railway station is now a private residence.
  • Bus service is available to the parish, but ensure that the bus STOPS here before boarding.
  • Richard VINCE has a photograph of the Bus turning area on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014. Please note his warning.
  • By automobile, the parish is just south-east of the intersection of the A617 and the A614 trunk roads.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Farnsfield has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


The village was lighted with gas in March, 1869.

In 1912 the parish was purely agricultural. The crops were barley, wheat, oats, and root crops.

Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Lion Pub and Restaurant on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2016. This Pub was previously known as The Red Lion.

David HALLAM-JONES has a photograph of the former Wheatsheaf public house on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2014,

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Plough Inn on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014,

Military History

  • The War Memorial was raised in the churchyard in August 1922 and dedicated by Captain Sherbrooke RN.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the War Memorial in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2014.

Military Records

The names on the memorial are listed at the Nottinghamshire War Memorial site.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the Southwell division of the ancient Thurgaton Wapentake (Hundred) in the southern division of the county.
  • The parish was also in the ancient Southwell and Scrooby Liberty of Notinghamshire.
  • On 9 October 1877 the parish was enlarged by gaining the "Hexgrave" portion of Southwell Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Southwell petty session hearings on alternate Fridays.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1777.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Southwell Poor Law Union.


 Year Population
1801 564
1821 811
1841 1,099
1851 1,149
1861 1,071
1871 1,043
1881 1,044
1891 939
1901 921
1911 961
1921 980
1931 1,021


  • A Church of England School was started here in 1790 in a house purchased for that use.
  • The parish also had a Wesleyan School by 1881.