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.

Upcoming meetings

  • September 20 2018 -Women in Air Force Blue by Bill King. The origins, growth and development of the Women’s service of the Royal Air Force: the WRAF (1918-1920), WAAF (1939-1949) and WRAF from 1949 until merging with the RAF in 1994 and on to the present day.
  • October 18 2018 -The Bicentenary of a Poaching Affair: an incident from the speaker's recent book 'Landed Estates' by Eric Jones
  • November 15 2018 - Putting Fairford on the map by John Leighfield
  • February 21 at 10 am 2019 - Fairford Carnival - the final years 1953-56 by Edwin Cuss
  • March 21 2019 - Film night from the FHS Archive
  • April 18 2019 - to be arranged
  • May 16 2019 - to be arranged
  • June 20 2019 - followed by Mervyn Cully on Memories of the Keble family

All meetings on the third Thursday at 7.30 at Fairford Community Centre, Farmor Room, except for February 2019 at 10am. There are no meetings in December, January, July and August.

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.

Milton Street

Membership

In the membership year 2018-19 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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FHS New Publication

FAIRFORD’S LOCAL HEROES - A record of the sacrifice of a Gloucestershire town in the two World Wars

Local Heroes

This is an account of the men from Fairford who went to war in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 as well as the impact of those two World Wars on the town itself. The main focus of the book is a detailed account of the men who died during the conflicts and are listed on Fairford’s war memorial; 34 named for the First World War and 12 for the Second World War. In addition another 12 men have been identified who were either born or who lived in Fairford and who could also have been listed on the war memorial. Another section gives briefer details of a further 87 Fairford men who served in the First World War and survived, albeit some of them badly wounded. These men served in a wide variety of units and roles in the army, navy and air force and although the majority died in action, some were killed in tragic accidents and several died of illness or disease.

A section of the book is devoted to the home front, particularly during the Second World War. The townspeople of Fairford took in a large number of evacuees from London, many of the children attending the local Farmor’s School. An area known as the Settlement was created to serve as a community point for these evacuees. Home defence was also a prominent feature of daily life in Britain during the Second World War and several organisations were established in Fairford including an Invasion Committee, Air Raid Precautions, First Aid Posts and the Home Guard. Fairford Park became a base for British Army units and later a United States Army Hospital was built in the Park to cater for the wounded that were flown back to Britain after D-Day.

Well illustrated with both contemporary and modern photographs, Fairford’s Local Heroes provides the reader with a comprehensive account of the town’s contribution in the two World Wars and a record of the sacrifice of those who served and those who fell.

Download an order form here or contact Fairford History Society.

Heritage Walk

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

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 >>>