Finedon Local History Society

The Friends' Meeting House
High Street
Finedon
Northamptonshire

Registered Charity Number 1096719

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About Us

 
The Finedon Local History Society was founded in 2000 by a group of local people with an interest in the history of Finedon. 
 
On Saturday 21st October 2001 the society was fortunate enough to be able to move into the Friends’ Meeting House, High Street Finedon courtesy of the late Mr Jim Gibbard.        
 
The historic link and significance of the Friends’ Meeting House as a home for the society cannot be understated.  The Friends' Meeting House is the oldest surviving non-conformist place of worship in Northamptonshire. It was built in 1690, originally with a thatched roof, for the Society of Friends, otherwise known as the Quakers.  The Quaker movement was very strong in Finedon and at the time of its construction it was built on the extreme edge of Finedon to be as far away as possible from the Parish Church.      
 
The aims of the society are to research, record and promote the rich history of Finedon and its inhabitants.  At the present time the society holds over 2000 photographs and items of Finedon memorabilia most of which have been kindly donated to the society.
 
The society holds ten meetings a year, usually on the fourth Monday of the month, on a range of historical and social subjects of local, county or national interest.  It also produces three newsletters a year containing articles relating to Finedon’s past.   It has also produced various publications notably “The Yards of Finedon” by our chairman Mr Malcolm Peet and “Ironstone Quarries, Railways and Tramways around Finedon” by Mr Francis Terry.  A full list of society publications are available for purchase.
 
The society puts on one or two exhibitions a year, depicting life in Finedon in times past or commemorating a specific event or anniversary. The exhibitions are held in the Friends’ Meeting House and are open on Saturdays and Sundays between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm for the duration of the exhibition.   See our e xhibitions page for further details.
 
The society has a membership of over 100 members including a number of “ex-pats” who still take a keen interest in Finedon.  The society are able to give presentations on a number of Finedon related subjects to organisations within the local community.
 
Tuesday morning is a usually a “working morning” between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.  If you are in the locality please drop-in as you would be made most welcome with a cup of tea and a chat!
 
If you would like to join our society the please see the details on our membership page.
 
Thank you.
The Friends' Meeting House