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Welcome to our new village website.  Those of you have visited us in the past will be wondering why you have not been able to access the site for a few months now and why we have changed our URL.

This has all be due to the fact that we have been severely hacked and have been unable to recover and reinstate our old site.  This is particularly galling as there was over 8 year’s work and blogs that have now gone forever.

If you have an outstanding query, particularly from our family history page, please be good enough to repeat it, so that we can continue with the reseach.

Please bear with us, while we rebuild this site; it could take quite a while!

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  1. Hello, I am looking for information on my great x2 grandfather Robert Henry Hearn who ran his coal, cake ,corn, seed and manure merchants from Finningham station in the years around 1860. I wondered if any photos existed with any shop signage.
    Thank you

    1. Kim,
      Our Local History Group have some photos of the, now defunct, Finningham railway station (a victim of Dr Beeching!). I’ll have a look through them and see if your GGGf’s business is visible. Please bear with me for a shot while.

    1. Clive,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. There was a problem but you should be able to access the Newsletters now; right up to the current issue.

  2. HI WHAT WONDERFUL VILAGE SPENT MOST OF OUR SUMMER AT MY GRANS ROSE COTTAGE DOWN CHURCH LANE WE TOPPED ARE SPENDING MONEY POTTATO PICKING AND HELPING FRED ON HIS ALOTMENT LOOKING FOR GRASS SNAKES IN THE CHURCH YARD WATCHING THE COWS BEEING MILK DUSE ANEY REMBER MY GRAN LORA LINSTED & MY MUM BLANCH. HAPPY DAYS

  3. Hi

    I have two deeds dated 1768 and 1774 relating to The Manor of Finingham Hall, which even spelt with a single n I believe is the same place as yourselves. I am a dealer and they are for sale if anyone locally would be interested.

    Regards

    Rob

    1. Rob,
      I may be able to find someone who would be interested in the documents. Could you send me some more details (preferably a photo) and your price.
      Webmaster.

  4. I am currently (November 2019) compiling a history of sport in Finningham and would welcome any anecdotes, information, copies of photos etc for inclusion. Please leave your details with Tony and I’ll get back to you
    Pete Everall

    1. Hi Pete,
      Don’t know whether you are still compiling your history of sport in Finningham? Just wanted to point out that quoits was a very popular pastime in Finningham and surrounding area for many, many years – most pubs had their own quoits pitch. The Railway Tavern (opp. old Finningham Station) still had a side playing in a local league in the early 1970s when I was a teenager – often used to walk down to watch of an evening. You can still see the location of the pitch today – a small strip of grass to the right hand side of the front garden.
      Though called quoits, for those not familiar with it, the game consisted of throwing horse shoes at a metal post several yards down the pitch – very skilful. Can’t remember how many men (only!) made up a side (4?) but village pubs played against one another. The Four Horseshoes at Thornham also had a very lively skittles alley at this time ( my misspent youth!!) It was located in what was the skittles bar which is now a dining room at the far right hand end of the building. Women and men both played and the more the drink flowed the more competitive the night became!
      Finningham also had a tennis club in the 1930s.
      The two courts which it used were located in the grounds of Yew Tree House and Amberfield (then one house) in Church Lane. This would, I think, have been during the time that Lady Jean Rose owned the property (hence the tudor roses on the front gates). Rumour had it that the club stopped playing because the members became tired of retrieving tennis balls from the river running along the boundary of the grounds – though I’m sure they must have had a few ball boys to do the job!

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