Note: Meetings from October to April start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX
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|Saturday 22 September 2018||
Visit to the ancient parish of Yardley, Birmingham. We assemble relatively early (at 1.30 pm) at St. Edburgha's parish church (Church Lane, B33 8PB). We see over this substantial church, believed to date to 1165. Then (at 3 pm) we explore Blakesley Hall (B25 8RN) an Elizabethan farmhouse built in 1590 by Richard Smalbroke, Our visit ends with a cream tea in the restaurant at Blakesley.
More detailed directions: From the south (and the Toby Carvery), turn right off the A45 and drive along the A4040 (Stoney Lane/Station Road). The best approach is with a right turn into Vicarage Road and then right again to the Church. From the north, turn left off Bordesley Green East B4128 on to the A4040 (Station Road) at the traffic lights and then left into Vicarage Road. Blakesley Hall is a short walk (5-10 mins) or can be reached by Blakelesley Road off the A4040.
|Saturday 7 July 2018||
Saturday 7 July -- Guy’s Cliffe House and Guy’s Cliffe walled garden, Warwick. We explored the largely ruined house on this striking site as well as its associated buildings. These included the 14th-century Chapel, containing a seven-foot effigy of the legendary hero, Guy of Warwick. Wealth from 18th-century Caribbean sugar plantations enabled the Greatheed family to create a Georgian mansion, which in later periods was much altered and extended. Across the Coventry Road, behind Hinton’s Nursery, we found the estate's original kitchen garden. Since 2014 volunteers associated with the Guys Cliffe Walled Garden Trust have been working on its restoration. Volunteers discussed the planting in the restored garden and demonstrated to our group historic items unearthed on the site.
|Saturday 16 June 2018||
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, before calling in at Susan's home and studio, the Old Granary. We finished with a fine tea at the Social (old Working Men's) Club near the church.
|Saturday 5 May 2018||
Chamberlaine Almshouses, Old Meeting House and Heritage Centre (Victorian Parsonage). We explored the Parish Church and the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses, noting the nineteenth-century changes financed from the 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. John Burton was an excellent guide, providing 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 20 March 2018||
Dr Elizabeth Goldring: 'Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth I, and Kenilworth'
This lecture, following our AGM, explored Dudley's building changes at the castle, his entertainments for the Queen there, and the wider cultural and historical context.
|Tuesday 20 February 2018||
Dr Richard Churchley: 'Old pubs and lost hostelries of Warwickshire: their history, names and stories'. Richard offered us a rapid visual and historical tour of Warwickshire pubs, both informative and entertaining.
|Saturday 25 November 2017||
Seasonal outing and celebration: visit to Salford Hall. We had record numbers (over 70) at our pre-Christmas visit to Salford Hall (now a hotel). We had a fascinating tour with Dr Nat Alcock, followed by a light-hearted presentation from the re-enactment group Guarderobe.
|Tuesday 21 November 2017||
On our first Members’ Evening we heard several excellent presentations --
|Tuesday 17 October 2017||
Lecture by Adam Busiakiewicz, art historian: 'Sir Fulke Greville: collector, builder, gardener and Warwickshire man'.
Summer Outings 2017
16 September 2017: Wixford and Salford Priors – the two parish churches with their features.
15 July 2017 Nuneaton -- St Nicholas' Church and the nearby Grammar School.
17 June 2017 King's Norton -- a fine group of early modern buildings clustered near the Parish Church.
13 May 2017 Bidford-on-Avon -- exploration of its mediaeval and later development.
Invitation for Outings 2018 (please note that several dates have changed, due to factors outside our conrol)
The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies; we charge £3.00 for non-members - refundable on the night when joining the Society!
For a list of other societies' lectures and events, see the calendar on Our Warwickshire
Chapel and outbuildings at Guys Cliffe
(now owned by the Freemasons)
Volunteers at work in Guys Cliffe Walled garden
Church of St Mary and All Saints, Fillongley (Photo Wikipedia)