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.

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 9 September 2017, 10-4pm at Fairford Community Centre

  • St Mary's Church Tours - 11am and 2pm
  • Guided Heritage Walk - 10.30am
  • Guided Tomb Trail - 12.30
  • River Walk - 2pm
  • Exhibition: Fairford's Lost and Hidden Past
  • A Display Of Items collected By Fairford History Society since its start in 2004
  • Listen to local oral history recordings and see local history films
  • See inside the Dovecote and Estate Carpenter's Shop in Park Street
  • See all that remains of Fairford Park House in The Estate Yard (courtesy of Ernest Cook Trust)
  • A map will be available showing other lost buildings around the town
  • Refreshments


In the membership year 2017-18 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

  • September 21 2017 - Marston Meysey: some notes on the history and geography of a single-street Wiltshire village by Owen Humphrys
  • October 19 2017 - Archaeology of Chedworth Roman Villa by Nick Humphris
  • November 16 2017 - The private lives of the Tudors by 2018
  • January 18 at 10 am 2018 - Show and tell or something similar
  • February 15 (half term) at 10 am 2018 - Fairford Carnival, 1919-1939 by Edwin Cuss
  • March 15 2018 - John Keble: Fairford’s most famous son by Allan Ledger
  • April 19 2018 - History of Cheltenham by Steven Blake
  • May 17 2018 - Fairford Folk songs by James Driscoll
  • June 21 2018 - AGM and 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.

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