Farndon Local History Pages

Current Research


Photographs, Paintings, Sketches

One of the main areas of research is obtaining images. There are very few available for public access in record offices etc, and most appear to remain in private hands. Can you help? Any scenes of village life would be appreciated - buildings, street scenes, people, events etc. If you can point the way to where useful images may exist that would be helpful too.

My thanks to those who have helped out so far - Avril at Farndon Hall, Russell Stones in the USA, Farndon Doctors Surgery, Mary Marshall (formerly of the Rock Cottage), Peter Gauterin.


War Memorial

In 2014, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, a new website was launched dedicated to Farndon during the peiod of the conflict. It features accounts about the Home Front, and those who lived and died through the war. If you can add material to the site it would be most welcome.

Over the last fifteen years, I have visited the battlefields in France and Belgium several times to carry out research and act as a guide. While there I also try to take time to trace some of the graves and memorials of soldiers recorded on the Farndon War Memorial. The results can be found on the Farndon War Memorial Project website.

Peter Gauterin, descended from John Gauterin recorded on the Memorial, has been visiting the battlefields on a regular basis since the early 1980s. He has a wealth of evidence and has kindly agreed to contribute towards the research of the men recorded on the memorial. Hopefully this can be added in the near future.

Local Farndon men Ken Wakefield, Neil Lewis, and Colin Capewell also toured the battlefields, and visited the grave of Charles Williamson of the Old Red Lion Inn, Churton, who is on the Farndon Memorial. Ken has kindly written a report of the trip and there is also a new page with research on Charles Williamson:

Full Battlefield tour report - Ken Wakefield

Charles Williamson - visit to his grave and research report.

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