Farnsfield is a large village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire in Sherwood Forest. It is in the local government district of Newark and Sherwood. The population of the civil parish as at the 2011 Census was 2,731, an increase from 2,681 in the United Kingdom Census 2001.
Parish church of St Michael
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The village lies in a predominantly farming area. There is no major industry or employer within Farnsfield and the majority of people of working age living in the village commute to work, mostly to Nottingham, Mansfield or Newark.
Farnsfield's facilities include a small Co-op supermarket and Post Office, a village bakery, butcher, greengrocer, and other small shops. The village has two churches (Anglican and Methodist), a large primary school and two public houses (The Plough Inn and The Lion).
The Southwell Trail—a former railway line dating back to 1842 and now a multi-user route for people to enjoy on foot, cycle and horseback—passes immediately to the north of the village. A free car park for the trail is located off Station Lane.
Farnsfield lies in central Nottinghamshire, approximately 14 miles (22.5 km) north-east of Nottingham, and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Southwell. It is approximately a mile to the east of the main A614 road linking Nottingham to Doncaster.
The parish church of St Michael, which dates from the 15th century, was rebuilt by Thomas Chambers Hine and Robert Evans in 1859 to 1860 following a fire. Only a fragment of the tower from the 15th-century building survives. The parish is in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.
To the south of the village, along the footpath to Oxton, is a small Roman marching camp, a small Roman fort. One mile south-west of the village is a small oval earthwork at Combs Farm. Encircled by a bank and ditch it appears (from excavated material) to be Romano-British in origin. Two ditches in a wood at Camp Hill, 1½ miles north-east of Farnsfield are the remaining traces of an Iron Age earthwork, a hillfort, which was estimated in the 18th century to have been 40 acres (16 ha) in area.
There was a tower windmill on Siding Lane (grid reference ) shown on a map of 1898 as an 'old windmill'. It was recorded as a shell in August 1935, with the cap and fantail gone. The mill was owned at some time by a miller called Whitehead, who also milled at Edingley Watermill. When in use, it was powered by a gas engine.
The Good Intent Windmill (grid reference ) was a tower mill, built c. 1820 for Holliday, a resident of Farnsfield. Material for building the mill was carted from Fiskerton. The tower was of 6 storeys, brick-built and untarred, with 4 sweeps driving 3 pairs of stones (1 French and 2 grey). The mill was worked by William Shaw, who was succeeded by his son Alec c. 1893. The mill was sold to George Hutchinson who worked it for short periods until the machinery was dismantled and the tower blown up c. 1915.
A post windmill was recorded near the Junction Inn, the property of Bower.
On 6 July 1944 an RAF Halifax bomber MZ519-LKU crashed on the south side of the village on its return to RAF Burn near York. The Halifax had been on a mission to destroy a V1 flying bomb site in Nazi-occupied France. All on board were killed. The site of the crash has a large memorial set before of a copse of English oaks and Canadian maples dedicated to the Canadian and British crewmen.
A "History of Farnsfield" was published in 2000 by the Farnsfield Millennium Trust and an aural history was compiled with recordings and transcripts, copies of which were given to the local schools. A copy available in the library is illustrated by local artist Barbara Coulam.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Area: Farnsfield CP (Parish)"
- Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1979. The Buildings of England:Nottinghamshire.Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
- Ordnance Survey One Inch to Mile, 1898
- Nottinghamshire Archive ref. DDM 98/59 Sale of windmill 13 XII 1847.
- "Augustus Charles Gregory". Farnsfield Local History Society. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
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