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

Tames of Fairford

Tames of Fairford

Church Windows

Music in the Windows

Fairford Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail


In the membership year 2014-15 there will be eight meetings on the third Thursday of the month: September, October, November, 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

  • 18th September - Industrial Heritage of the Cotswolds by Dr Ray Wilson
  • 16th October - The Black Death comes to England by Tim Porter
  • 20th November - House deeds of Fairford by Martin Lee-Browne
  • 19th February at 10 am - Fairford in close-up by Edwin Cuss
  • 19th March - On the run behind the lines (WW2) by Graham Pitchfork
  • 16th April - Letters from St Helena by Fiona Mead
  • 21st May - Poets of Gloucestershire by Dave Walton
  • 18th June - AGM followed by Those were the days – the swinging 60s by Virginia Adsett and Gillian Morse

All Meetings begin at 7.30pm at Fairford Community Centre, except for the February meeting 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