Welcome to the Warwickshire Local History Society

Next event: Saturday 6 July -- Guy’s Cliffe House and Guy’s Cliffe walled garden, Warwick

Guy’s Cliffe House and the walled garden, Warwick. This dual-site visit starts at 11 a.m. Guy’s Cliffe is associated with the legendary Guy of Warwick, with a house (now ruined) being built in the 18th century by the Greatheed family. The adjacent 14th-century Chapel of St. Mary Magdalene is now used as a Masonic lodge  [note stairs but no lift]. Outside there are caves, stables and a thirteenth century statue of Guy. Across the Coventry Road, behind Hinton’s Nursery, the Guys Cliffe Walled Garden Trust have since 2014 been restoring the Georgian/Victorian garden, which provided flowers and produce to the mansion. For details, see 'events' page. 

Recent events:

Saturday 16 June -- vist to Filllongley, North Warwickshire: we saw Fillongley's Castle ruins, the church of St Mary's and All Saints, smaller historic buildings, and features of artistic interest. Our tour was led by Susan Moore, local resident, artist and historian. In the village, we saw local history relected in the changing uses of older buildings; then explored the Church and saw the Methodist Preachers' retirement homes. A longer detour took in Fillongley Castle, later calling in at Susan's home, the Old Granary to see some of her painings. 

Saturday 5 May 2pm, Visit to Bedworth -- We explored the Parish Church and the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses, noting the nineteenth-century changes financed from the very profitable local coalfield. Finally, the Old Meeting Church was a reminder of the strength of dissent in North Warwickshire in the late seventeenth-century, following restoration of the monarchy. The excellent tour by John Burton provided a  corrective to Pevsner's view of Bedworth as ‘a depressing small town’.

Tuesday 17 April 2018:  Dr. Polly Ha (History Department, UEA)  ‘Was Trolling an Elizabethan Invention?: Ecclesiastical vitriol and the role of Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.’    Polly Ha told us about Thomas Cartwright, the Puritan Minister and Master of Lord Leycester’s Hospital. He was active in a war of words with contemporaries around the year 1600, and the lecture explored the evolution of invective in his writings. 

Tuesday 20th March 2018:  Dr Elizabeth Goldring: 'Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth I and Kenilworth'  The lecture explored Dudley's building changes at the castle, his entertainments  for the Queen there, and the wider cultual and historical context.

Tuesday 20th February 2018: Dr Richard Churchley -- Old pubs and lost hostelries of Warwickshire: their history, names and stories

Saturday 25 November 2017: visit to Salford Hall.  Record numbers (over 70) joined  our pre-Christmas visit to the Salford Hall Hotel. Dr Nat Alcock  was an expert guide to the house's complex social and architectural history, while the  reenactment group Guarderobe  offered a light-hearted view of the Gunpowder Plot with its  links to the house.

Tuesday 21st November 2017: On our first Members’ Evening we heard several excellent presentations --
Alec Ross: 'Visualising Local History: the 1910-15 Valuation Survey in Stretton-on-Dunsmore.'
Stewart Fergusson: '‘The Factious Citie of Coventry’: Crisis and Change in the 17th Century.'

Professor Ronnie Mulryne: 'The Stratford Guildhall and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.'

(See events page for fuller details)

Other Information: 

News (local history noticeboard): On our recently added page --find news about Astley Castle Open days, the BALH Local History Day in June, Geoge Eliot and her bicentenary, the Kenilworth FHS Programme, the 'Lest We Forget' event at Warwick, a Berkswell event on Parish Migration and the Prison History launch event;  also Newcomen lectures in Birmingham, Research Conversations at Stratford, and details of the fine Radway civil war display. For comprehensive details of Warwickshire events, see our Bulletin.

Outings for 2018: We eventually finalised the list after alterations by some venues. Therefore please note that the dates on  the earlier programme card have changed. Download Invitation.

Publications: A new cumulative Warwickshire Bibliography is now available. See link on 'Publications' page;  please let us know of any errors or omissions. 

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies. We now charge non-members £3.00 -- refundable on the night when joining the Society!

For enquiries and bookings for forthcoming events, contact Neville Usher, info@warwickshirehistory.org.uk, 01789 205043

Meetings from October to April 8.00pm,
with coffee from 7.30pm,
Friends Meeting House,
39 High Street, Warwick,
CV34 4AX
Link to Google Map of location

For the Society's programme see Events

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