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

Saturday 16 June 2018

Filllongley, North Warwickshire: an opportunity to see Fillongley's Castle, the church of St Mary's and All Saints, smaller historic buildings, and features of artistic interest. Some walking is involved in this visit. Our tour will be led by Susan Moore, local resident, artist and historian. We will explore the village,  looking at some buildings to learn about changes in local social life; then to the Church,  the Methodist Preachers' retirement homes, and viewing Graeme Mitcheson’s sculpture of The Family. A longer detour takes in Fillongley Castle (an undulating and possibly muddy section – stout footwear advised). We call in at Susan's home, the Old Granary, where reproductions of her paintings are available. Thence to the Social club for tea at about 4.30 p.m.

See 'Invitation'  below for booking details.

Saturday 7 July 2018

Guy’s Cliffe House and Guy’s Cliffe 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. Both locations are still undegoing restoration, and visitor numbers to the house remain restricted. Therefore we need to divide into two groups. At 12.30, both groups lunch together in the Guys Cliffe dining room, and then at 2 p.m.  “change ends” with those visiting the house going to the garden and vice versa. The price includes admission to the house, the garden and lunch (apologies for the consequently higher cost)

Recent Events

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 --

  • Alec Ross: 'Visualising Local History: the 1910-15 Valuation Survey in Stretton-on-Dunsmore.'  Using TNA maps and descriptions collected following the 1910 Finance Act. 
  • Stewart Fergusson: '‘The Factious Citie of Coventry’: Crisis and Change in the 17th Century.' The eventful period in Coventry. 
  • Professor Ronnie Mulryne: 'The Stratford Guildhall and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.'           Explaining   this important site, its features and recent changes. 
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.

Programme of lectures

Invitation for Outings 2018 (please note that several dates have changed, due to factors outside our conrol)

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 £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


     5 May 2018: John Burton explaining feaures of

     All Saints' Parish Church, Bedworth (Photo RB)

     5 May: View from gallery of Bedworth Old Meeing House

      (photo RB)

    Church of St Mary and All Saints, Fillongley (Photo Wikipedia)