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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Future Events

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Members' Evening. For the first time we will  devote an evening to  several short presentations from members; we hope this will be as successful as it has been for other local societies.

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.

Saturday 25 November 2017

 Pre-Christmas outing to Salford Hall. See flyer for details: Christmas 2017

To book a place, see flyer or downloadable list on 'Events' page; alternatiively  contact Neville Usher (see below).

Recent Events

17 October 2017:  Lecture by Adam Busiakiewicz, art historian-- Sir Fulke Greville: collector, builder, gardener and Warwickshire man.

Our first autumn meeting brought to life this local, albeit relatively little-known, figure. Adam Busiakiewicz  outlined his Warwickshire roots (near Alcester), his life as as a courtier and service in high office. We heard about his later work on the ruinous Warwick Castle, and its embellishment with tapestries and new formal gardens. Finally we heard Adam on his lute, accompanying  Peter Morris who sang a Greville poem, with music by Dowland. 

16 September 2017: Outing to Wixford and Salford Priors – The visit to two rural churches started at St Milburga’s, Wixford. Bryan Knight showed us the de Cruwe brasses and some fine mediaeval glass. Outside Maureen Harris was our guide to the churchyard’s large yew tree, the preaching cross and the horse house. At St. Matthew’s, Salford Priors, we saw the Clarke family monuments, with their abundant heraldic detail. Stephen Roberts discussed the significant location near the confluence of the Arrow and the Avon. The unusual stair-turret on the south side may have held a beacon to guide travellers over the treacherous marshy ground.

15 July 2017 Nuneaton -- a fascinating tour of St Nicholas' Church and the nearby Grammar School. David Paterson told members about their intertwined histories and some of the events and personalities that inspired George Eliot.

17 June 2017 King's Norton --  a visit to a group of early modern buildings clustered around the Parish Church;  St Nicolas' Place, formerly a Tudor merchant's house, and the Old Grammar School. We  heard a talk from Dr Denise Thomas  about its most notable head, the Rev. Thomas Hall, Puritan clergyman, bibliophile and polemical writer. 

13 May 2017 Bidford-on-Avon walking tour -- with Prof. Chris Dyer, Dr Nat Alcock, and members of the Bidford and District LHS. We heard about  mediaeval attempts to develop into a town and explored this  fascinating village.


Meeting report: 'Getting Online for Research and Publicity'.

List of local history websites.

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies; we charge £2.00 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

17 October 2017: Adam Busiakiewicz and Peter Morris

play a Fulke Greville/Dowland song