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Welcome to Hagley Historical and Field Society website. On these pages you will discover something of the history of Hagley and details of our activities. You will find a warm welcome at our meetings which are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month. We enjoy a wide variety of speakers talking on a range of topics relating to the history of Worcestershire, the West Midlands and beyond. Visitors are also welcome to join the full programme of walks and visits. Whilst the majority of our members are happy to enjoy the meetings and other activities, a small group is engaged in active local research; some of their publications may be viewed on this site.

 

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Latest News and Updates

Meeting – March 2017

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 7.30pm. There will be a presentation by Derek Clarke RIBA, entitled ‘The Back to Back Houses Project in Birmingham’. Derek was Project Architect for their restoration, and has been involved in many other prestigious schemes, including rescuing the Perseus and Andromeda Fountain at Witley Court.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details. Annual membership £10


Newsletter – January 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

I am sure you will know what I mean by the term ‘status symbol’ and can think of any number of modern examples from the iPhone to the Rolls Royce. However in the 18th Century an unlikely status symbol was the Pineapple which in 1780 cost about £40. In many well-to-do homes a Pineapple would be prominently displayed and rather than be eaten would sit on a mantle for months, quietly rotting away. If you weren’t rich enough to own one, you could rent one for an evening. However, for families who were looking for a more permanent status symbol, for £70 you could purchase a piano. That would represent about £7,500 today and you had to learn to play it. You now understand the real cost of a Pineapple!

With increasing prosperity, the gentry wished to differentiate themselves from the hoi polloi. The importance of the piano at that time was that it indicated the material status of the family and was at the heart of the rising middle class social culture and aspiration. This included comportment, deportment, music and dancing and it introduces us to the Helm family of Worcester, the topic of our speaker this month, Madeline Goold. Her research into the history and restoration of her own period piano had brought this family to her attention. They were a dynasty of Dancing Masters who set up a Dancing School in College Square opposite Worcester Cathedral. Within a generation, through their encouragement of music, they were a major influence on style and etiquette in the heart of the City.

A number of people who purchased copies of the ‘Hagley Miscellanea’ book have asked if we could include an Index. We have now produced one and can send you one free if you contact us.

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 7.30pm. There will be a presentation by Derek Clarke RIBA, entitled ‘The Back to Back Houses Project in Birmingham’. Derek was Project Architect for their restoration, and has been involved in many other prestigious schemes, including rescuing the Perseus and Andromeda Fountain at Witley Court. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.


Middlefield Lane, Hagley – A Short History

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The idea for this new publication was originally developed by the late Dr Peter Bloore, who lived in Middlefield Lane. He was a member of Hagley Historical and Field Society and also Hagley Parish Archivist. His widow offered the file to the Archive Group and they decided that they would continue his research and aim at publishing a summary of his work plus contributions from people, who lived or had lived in the Lane or had first hand knowledge of the residents. The results are now available as an illustrated book of fifty-two pages.

Middlefield Lane front

Middlefield Lane front

Middlefield Lane back

Middlefield Lane back

The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.


Hagley Miscellanea written by John-Homery Folkes

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

The book “Hagley Miscellanea” by John-Homery Folkes, the architect of St.Saviour’s Hall, was first published in 1974. It was for private circulation and only 25 copies were printed. Forty years later it is considered sufficiently interesting to merit this reprint. The author (born 1906) has gathered a wide range of reminiscences that together give a picture of Hagley’s inhabitants, houses, industries, celebrations and entertainments in the century and more before the explosion of house-building in the 1960s.

The book includes: the early days of the railway station; the building of St. Saviour’s church and planning the cemetery; houses large and small; an attempt at encroachment in Church Street; the Rifle Corps and the Range; the nursemaid question!; Hagley celebrities; the Sunday postal delivery and church attendance and an eyewitness account of the fire at Hagley Hall on Christmas Eve 1925. The “Illustrations” section includes the programme for the Coronation Celebration of June 1911.

Click on book to view first few pages

The book is priced at £5 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.


Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Society has now launched a new book entitled ‘Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918’, researched and written by local author and member, Pat Dunn. It is based on the ‘Hagley Parish Magazines’ of the period and describes how the people of Hagley dealt with the problems presented by the Great War on the Home Front. The people and places featured on the front cover of June’s issue of the Hagley Village News feature in the book along with many others.

The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased at the Hagley Library or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.

Click on book to view first few pages