Finedon Local History Society

The Friends' Meeting House
High Street

Registered Charity Number 1096719

        2019 FLHS Meetings and  Society Newsletters May and September 2018 have now been added.

Society Publications

From Finedon to Van Diemen's Land, published by the Society in 2015
The story of three Finedon men: John Hodson, Thomas Boddington and Joseph Houghton.  In 1828 and 1836 these three men were transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), never to return. 
Researched, from a wide range of local, national and international primary archive sources, and written by two society members 
An A5 sized booklet of 38 pages with both colour and black and white images
£5 plus p & p.

Finedon's Yards, published by the Society in 2005.
A comprehsive study of Finedon people living in the numberous "yards" around the town until their demolition from the early 1900s onwards.
"... the reminiscences of members of that every dwindling number of Finedonians that actually livesd in a yard..."  John L H Bailey.
100 pages, 50 black and white photographs supported by 27 sketch plans.
£5.00 plus p & p.
Ironstone Quarries, Railways and Tramways around Finedon.  Written by Society member, Francis Terry and published by the Society in 2012.
A history of  quarries and the men that worked in the ironstone industry around the Finedon area from the late 19th century to its demise and closure in the 1960s.
An A5 size booket of 37 pages, 14 black and white photographs and 5 sketch plans.
£5.00 plus p & p.
A Walk  Around Finedon,  published by the Society in 2013
A walk through the historic part of Finedon commencing at the Friends' Meeting House to the Parish Church and the Hampton Cell.  Brief descriptions of the 25 places and building of interest on the route.
An A5 sized booklet of 12 pages and 9 black and white photographs
£2.00 plus p & p.
Recollections of Finedon in the1830s
A facsimile of a booklet written up  in 1930 relating to the recollections by "an old Finedon resident" Joseph Harlock (1820 - 1906) 
A fascinating read of times past!
An A6 size booklet of  23 pages.
£2.50 plus p & p.
The society has also produced three A4 sized bookets for sale:
The Street Names of Finedon.
An insight into the history and significance of Finedon street names.   £2.50 plus p & p.
The Story of Finedon Methodism: Its Founders and Progress. 
A transcript of a lecture given in 1914.   £3.50 plus p & p.
Memories of Finedon.  Written by society member Phillip Gobbey. 
Born in Finedon in 1922, he recalls his life in the town,  £3.50 plus p & p.
All of the above books can be purchased from the Society by either calling into the Friends' Meeting House on a Tuesday morning between 10am and 12pm or use the contact page and we will make the necessary arrangements .
For those interested in further reading about the local and social history of Finedon and the surrounding areas, then look no further than Harrowden Books of Finedon.  The owner, Mike Sumner stocks quality second hand  and new books on wide range of subjects.