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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

Meetings – 4th February and Beyond

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Meeting – 4th February 2020

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 4th February at 8pm when we once again welcome Terry Daniels presenting ‘Made in Oldbury: Industrial History Based on Ten Objects – Part Two’.

We enjoyed Part One last year, and it is interesting to speculate on which objects he will select this time with such a wide variety of trades and manufacturers to choose from.

Terry has spent all his working life in the plastics industry in Oldbury. He is chair of Langley Local History Society and Oldbury Local History Group. Writing and lecturing on the history of the area, he has also produced a number of books.

Visitors are most welcome at all our events.

See hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.

Future Meetings

March 3rd           An Introduction to Archives – Rachel Brown, Archivist, Dudley Archives

April 7th              The Last Days of Steelmaking at Round Oak – Keith Hodgkins

May 5th               Social Evening (Ticket Only)

June 2nd              Shelsley Walsh: The Story of a Village – Max Hunt

July 7th                 Henry VIII and the Field of Cloth of Gold – Dr Gillian White

September 1st  William Shenstone – Julian Hunt

October 6th        AGM followed by:

Clent Village: A Brief Look Back (Part 1)   Paul Timmins,Chairman, Clent History Society

November 3rd   The Major Repairs to the External Fabric of Tyntesfield – Derek Clarke RIBA

December 1st    King Richard III: Hero? Murderer? Loyal Brother? – Max Keen

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 ordered online from Hagley Historical 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 ordered online from Hagley Historical 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 ordered online from Hagley Historical & Field Society.  Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.

Click on book to view first few pages