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Welcome to the Edwinstowe Historical Society website

In the 1960’s, a collection of old post cards inspired a number of members of the community to attend the Workers’ Educational Association Local History courses and to form the Edwinstowe Historical Society with the aim of researching, saving and sharing materials relating to the history of our village and surrounding area.

Maun Bridge, Edwinstowe

Over the years hundreds of documents and photographs were added to the collection recording the social and physical change to the village and its close links with Sherwood Forest over the past two thousand years.  The heritage stretches back to the 7th century when a small chapel was built as a shrine to St Edwin in the forest clearing to be known as Edwin Stowe, the place of Edwin.

With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and training from the Nottinghamshire Archive Department, volunteers have catalogued and indexed documents, scanned and stored over 1700 photographs. For the first time since its inception the group now has an archive where we can store all this information, and our appreciation is recorded to Robert Woodhead who has granted us the use of a room in the Edwinstowe House business centre.

An Education Pack for local schools has been compiled, and the current website established, which has resulted in enquiries being received from people who are interested in tracing their family history and, in turn, has led to additional photos and information being submitted to the Society. Our e-mail address (edwinstowehistorysoc@gmail.com) will make communication easier.

Exhibitions have taken place in the village, e.g. the commemoration of the closing of Thoresby Colliery, and of the Queen’s birthday in St. Mary’s Church;  regular displays in the Library, including the proposed twinning with the French village of Roubiac-Rochesseadoule;  the event “Sparkling Sherwood” at the Visitors’ Centre;  participation in the Church Rooms’ entry for the Christmas Tree festival in St. Mary’s Church;  ensuring the preservation of the Prisoner Chains at the site of the Old Lock up on High Street; and a well-received walk introducing RSPB volunteers to the history of village landmarks. The Society has also advised on the relocation of the stained glass panel from the Library to St. Mary’s Church.

We continue to research past local events, personalities and organisations, all of which serve to remind us of our heritage.