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 2015-16 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

  • 17 September 2015 - The Upper Thames Patrol by Bill King: the waterborne Home Guard of the River Thames
  • 15 October 2015 - Magna Carta by Tim Porter
  • 19 November 2015 - Those adventurous Cowleys: by Chris Barrett
  • 18 February 2016 - Along the River Coln by Edwin Cuss (10 am, morning meeting)
  • 17 March 2016 - Tudor Medicine by Cherry Hubbard
  • 21 April 2016 - The Bells of St Mary's Church by St Mary's Bell Ringers (St Mary's Church)
  • 19 May 2016 - Young Laurie Lee and his family by Howard Beard
  • 16 June 2016 - FHS AGM followed by a talk on Highwaymen by John Putley

All Meetings begin at 7.30pm at Fairford Community Centre, except for the February meeting at 10am. The April meeting will take place in St Mary's Church.

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