Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society

by | 8 March 2018 | Heritage

Why not come along to one of Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society’s monthly talks make new friends and enjoy a varied and entertaining programme of speakers.

In January, members and guests had a very informative talk by James Wright, archaeologist and historian based at the University of Nottingham, on the Castles of Nottinghamshire; a detailed look at the lesser known earthworks and ruins of lost castles and manor houses in the county.

At the February meeting members were entertained by a detailed presentation by Kevin Murphy on The Prisoner of War Camp system featuring the Gringley and Beckingham Blitz, and the twelve camps and 5,000 men within 15 miles of Retford. They were taken through the events of May 1941, when bombs fell on both Green Farm and Homestead Farm. A German crew which crashed at Scrooby Top, bailed out and were captured, with the exception of the navigator. His remains were transferred to the German Cemetery near Cannock Chase, his name was Emil Kolmel. Kevin described the POW System and told members where the main detention centres had been in the Retford area.
The society’s next meeting, on Wednesday 14th March, features Daryl Barton speaking on ‘The Ice Age Journeys (volunteer research into our past 14,000 years)’, from 7.30pm in Chapelgate Hall situated behind Grove Street Methodist Church Retford.

For further information call Janet Gamble on 01777 248297, email, or call Jean Martin on 01777 705980, email