Fairford History Society

Welcome to Fairford History Society

Fairford is a small market town in Gloucestershire, UK, situated on the River Coln between Cirencester and Lechlade. It is famed for St Mary's Church and the most complete set of medieval stained glass windows in the world.

Fairford Mill and Oxpens, the River Coln walks, the Market Place and High Street, lined with beautiful Grade 2 listed buildings like the Community Centre are all part of the town's attraction.

Latest Publications

Swinging Sixties

The Swinging Sixties

Tames of Fairford

Tames of Fairford

Church Windows

Music in the Windows


In the membership year 2016-17 there will be nine meetings on the third Thursday of the month: September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May and June.

Visits are occasionally organised in connection with meetings. The Fairford Flyer newsletter is circulated to all members in January and July.

The yearly subscription is due in September and members are encouraged to pay by standing order. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Fairford History Society, you can download an application form, it costs only £5.00.

Local History Enquiries. FHS are pleased to help with local history enquiries. If an in-depth search is required a search fee of £10.00 minimum may be charged.

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Our aims:

  • to provide a forum for those interested in history generally and in the local history of Fairford and the surrounding district
  • to promote the conservation of the historical heritage of the area
  • to compile a Fairford archive and make it available to all
  • to promote research, discussion, field studies, talks, publications, exhibitions and other activities relating to local history.

The Society was formed as a result of interest shown in the town's rich heritage and now has over 140 members. Go to About Us >>>

Fairford remembers World War One

What happened in Fairford during World War One? - find out in the evolving WWI section, as it happened 100 years ago: Go to Fairford Remembers WWI >>>

Fairford Remembers WWI

Heritage Walk

For information about Fairford's Heritage Walk please click here.

Upcoming meetings

  • 15 September 2016 - Long-lost local railways by our Fairford Branch railway expert, Colin Moulden
  • 20 October 2016 - Hidden portraits in the stained glass windows of St Mary's Church, Fairford by Margaret Bishop
  • 17 November 2016 - Magic lantern show by Patrick Furley
  • 19 January 2017 - Show and Tell: an opportunity for members to show off their favourite memorabilia (10 am, morning meeting)
  • 18 February 2017 - People by Edwin Cuss (10 am, morning meeting)
  • 16 March 2017 - Short talks and/or film evening
  • 20 April 2017 - Landscapes of the Coln Valley by Alan Pilbeam
  • 18 May 2017 - Siege of Cirencester, 1643 by John Paddock
  • 16 June 2017 - FHS AGM followed by a talk to be arranged

All meetings begin at 7.30pm at Fairford Community Centre, except for the January and February meetings at 10am.

Learn more about Fairford History Society at the About Us page. Find out how to join at the membership page. See our news at the News page. Read our regular newsletter the Fairford Flyer. If you missed a meeting find out what happened at the Meetings page. Read or buy our Publications. Find out about Fairford's history at the Historical Topics page. Listen to Fairford's history at the Oral History page. Check out some Useful Links.

Fairford Station