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This page sets out information that we have found about the Basford branch of Fairholm in England – which extended to other locations across the UK.

So far, we have 165 people on this tree. 

We have use the following abbreviations on the tree:

b : birth
c : christening or baptism
m : marriage
d : death
bu : burial

The early family

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This branch is headed by John and Mary Fairholm. John was the youngest son of Jarvis or Gervase Fairholm and a grandson of William and Ann Fairholm who lived at Shelford. Mary's maiden name was Parker. John and Mary had five children. The family seemed to travel far - their eldest son, William, born in Sheffield and their daughter, Mary Ann, in Belfast. The other children were born at Basford. John married a second time to Ann Armstrong (nee Ashley) in 1850. He was an agricultural labourer.

John and Mary's second son, George, married Jane Brown in 1839 and was a lace bleacher. The most recent information we have is that their descendants were living in Scotland and Staffordshire. Their third son, John, married Caroline Twells in 1868 and they have present day descendants from at least two of their sons, Frederick and William Henry.

The spelling of the surname changed quite a bit, but most of George's descendants became Fairholm whilst those of his brother, John, became Fairholme.


Basford was a village to the north west of Nottingham which grew rapidly in the Victorian period.

The old post card shows Lincoln Street. John and Caroline Fairholme were living close by at 72 Bailey Street at the time of the 1891 census.

The map from Ordnance Survey map from 1882 shows part of Old Basford. New Basford developed between the south of here and the north of Nottingham, eventually connecting the original village with the city.

OS Map 1882. Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey.

Gambling on the street

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In 1886 John and Frederick Fairholme - sons of John and Caroline - were arested, charged and found guilty of gambling with cards on Whitmoor Road. Six other "youths" received the same treatment and each was charged 2s.

Although the gambling was illegal, it seems that they were arrested for the nuisance that they were causing.   The upper classes were, in effect, permitted to gamble, but not the lower classes.  Arrests of children and youths were reported frequently in the local newspapers for playing 'pitch & toss' and cards for money.