St Oswald’s Farnham
The villages of England are among the great treasures of the land and interest in
them has, perhaps, never been stronger.
Many of the villages have a similar history -
Farnham is such a village and we who live there are keen to preserve it and to understand and enjoy its history.
History of Farnham -
In 1990 we formed an Historical Study Group and we have made considerable progress
in our studies, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries. We had a good starting
point because one of the previous vicars of the parish, the Rev. Waterer, had done
a great deal of research and produced, in 1956, a typewritten manuscript which is
deposited in the Harrogate library. Our efforts have been directed to understanding
the people and their lives. We have been helped in this by the church records, which
are virtually complete back to 1555.
In 1996 we published some of our findings, partly to help residents and visitors enjoy the village more and partly to record the facts before they slip away back into the shadows. This book was arranged in fourteen chapters and illustrated with some twenty-
For the sake of these web pages we have re-