"Farndon is a well built village and parish on the Trent, 2 miles west-south-west of Newark, and contains 590 inhabitants and 1,710 acres of land, mostly freehold, a small part copyhold and leasehold. The principal proprietors are William Back Esq. and W.R. Brockton Esq. There are also several smaller owners. The Duke of Newcastle is lord of the manor, but owns only a small portion of the land.
The church, dedicated to St Peter, is a large and lofty edifice, with two side aisles, chancel and tower, in which are 4 bells. A good organ was put up in the church in 1851. The prebendary of Farndon in the cathedral of Lincoln, is the patron and appropriator. The vicarage has the church of Balderton annexed to it, and is valued in the King's books at £6 13s 4d, now £244. The Rev. Robert Seymour Walpole is the incumbent. Both the great and small tithes were commuted for allotments of land, at the enclosure in 1768. The vicarage house is an old thatched building, now occupied by poor people."
[WHITE's Directory of Nottinghamshire 1853]


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Newark will prove useful in your research.



  • The Farndon Cemetery is located on Marsh Lane near the center of the village, near the Memorial Hall.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Farndon Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011.
  • Barbara K. CROFT has provided you with a report on Burials in Farndon Cemetery.


  • The parish was in the Balderton sub-district of the Newark Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 862
1851 H.O. 107 / 2138
1861 R.G. 9 / 2481
1871 R.G. 10 / 3544
1881 R.G. 11 / 3378
1891 R.G. 12 / 2715

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church is located at the southwest end of the village.
  • The church building was erected during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It is reported to be the third church built on the present site.
  • The church interior was renovated circa 1880.
  • The church is Grade I listed with British Heritage.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.
  • J. HANNAH-BRIGGS has a nice shot of the church interior taken in February, 2013.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1569
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Newark
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel built here in 1847.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1881.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Farndon is a village and a parish only 3 miles south of Newark on the River Trent. The parish covers 1,750 acres.

Farndon has developed a large marina on the River Trent in recent decades. You can stop by The Riverside Pub and Kitchen and admire the boats. This used to be the old Britannia Pub when there was a ferry crossing here. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, take the A46 (the old "Foss Way") south out of Newark toward Bingham.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The old Fosse Way on its way into Newark on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of The A46 bridge over the Trent at Farndon on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • Bus service is available from Newark.
  • Keep an eye out for the Farndon Windmill, here shown on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008, by Richard CROFT.
  • Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Farndon Marina on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2011. Visitors find the Marina a relaxing place to walk, stop and have a pint, or to watch the local birds cavort.
You can see pictures of Farndon which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



The BBC reports that Farndon has a prehistoric site with hundreds of Ice Age flint tools.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the barge Leicester Trader on Geo-graph, taken in Augyst, 2012.



  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK768518 (Lat/Lon: 53.057943, -0.855546), Farndon which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Great War Bulletin for December 7, 1914 tells us that four men of Farndon had been appointed as "Special Constables" to assist the police force in the event of a German invasion. They were: K. MAYFIELD, maltster; R. H. HOWITT, gentleman; Herbert GODDARD, farmer; William DENISON, retired police officer.
  • You may want to read about The WEAVER Brothers of Farndon.
  • The Great War Bulletin for May 24th, 1915 tells us that private Harry FORSDICK of the 4th Btln. Suffolk Regt. was hospitalized back in the UK after being in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.
  • There is a Memorial Hall on Marsh Lane. Inside is board with white lettering that is a War Memorial for the 18 men who died in WWI and the 12 men who died in WWII.
  • The Methodist Chapel has a Shield-shaped stone tablet mounted on a rectangular stone base with the names of 13 men who perished in World War One.
  • The Traces of War site tells us that there are 2 Commonwealth War Graves from World War One and 2 from World War Two at Farndon Cemetery.

Military Records

There are four Commonwealth War Graves in Farndon Cemetery:

Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Winifred James LORD worker Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps 5 Nov. 1918 Age 25, daughter of Frederick William LORD of Farndon
Richard Thomas Showler MORRIS Flying Officer RAF Oman 5 Jan. 1940 unknown.
George BOWN corporal Depot, Sherwood Foresters 22 July 1920 Age 29, son of Thomas and Mary Elizabeth BOWN
Thomas Anthony SUMPSTER bombardier 118 H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery 24 Jan. 1941 Age 17, son of Frederick John and Elizabeth Mary SUMPSTER

These are the names that appear on the board in the Memorial Hall:

  1. Barlow, H.
  2. Bown, George
  3. Britten, Charles Matthew
  4. Brockton, G.
  5. Bush, H. C.
  6. Dolman, R.
  7. Godson, E.
  8. Hall, J. H.
  9. Harrison, Charles Edgar
  10. Leader, A.
  11. Lord, Winifred
  12. McNaught-Davis, James Walden Fortune
  13. Moore, Walter Gilbert
  14. Pride, Ernest
  15. Renshaw, John William
  16. Sharpe, E.
  17. Taylor, E.
  18. Willows, James

And these are the 13 names listed on the Methodist Chapel stone tablet (note: There are a number of duplicates to the list above):

  1. Barlow, H.
  2. Britten, Charles Matthew
  3. Brockton, Geo.
  4. Dolman, R.
  5. Hall, J. H.
  6. Harrison, Charles Edgar
  7. McNaught-Davis, James Walden Fortune
  8. Moore, Walter Gilbert.
  9. Pride, Ernest
  10. Renshaw, John William
  11. Sharpe, E.
  12. Taylor, G.
  13. Willows, James

Politics & 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 southern division of the ancient Newark Wapentake (Hundred) in the eastern division of the county.
  • You may contact the Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT; staffed nor funded to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Newark petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • The Common Lands were enclosed here in 1768.
  • In 1771 Mr. HEMPSALL left a charity of £100 for the poor.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Newark Poor Law Union.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 387
1831 570
1851 590
1871 652
1881 698
1891 699
1901 684


  • A National School was built here in 1858 to hold 120 children. This school was replaced by St. Peter's Primary School in 1960.