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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 – ‘Another Man’s Shoes’ – Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

There will be no meeting in August but there will be the usual walk on Sunday, 10th August (see home page calendar). Our next meeting on Tuesday 2nd September at 8pm, sees Ellie Targett presenting ‘Another Man’s Shoes’. She tells the extraordinary story of her father’s flight to freedom from the Nazis, after she and her sister retraced his steps and reclaimed the shoes he wore on the epic 200-mile trek.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10.


Newsletter – June 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Joe Hawkins is becoming one of the best known names in Hagley. His passion for the landscapes of England and his enthusiasm for the task of managing the restoration of the Arcadian features of Hagley Park is quite infectious. This was his topic for our June meeting and I suspect that for many of our members, this will not be the first time they have heard Joe’s talk during the past year. However, this is not a problem because, as the restoration work has progressed in the Park, so the story has evolved. Even with much of the work complete, lost features are still being rediscovered and reinstated.

With the Park reopening in 2015 we will once again be able to see the follies, features and landscape which were largely the creation of George, 1st Lord Lyttelton. Hagley Park once considered one of the finest landscape gardens in England was visited by the nobility of the time. Its creation was inspired by ideas from ‘Grand Tour’ paintings and the works of some of the great poets of the period, especially John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained.

Our next meeting on Tuesday 2nd September at 8pm, sees Ellie Targett presenting ‘Another Man’s Shoes’. She tells the extraordinary story of her father’s flight to freedom from the Nazis, after she and her sister retraced his steps and reclaimed the shoes he wore on the epic 200-mile trek. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.


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 Happy Families, the Hagley Parish Office at St. Saviour’s Church (Mon, Thu & Fri, 9am – 1pm) or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.

Click on book to view first few pages