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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

Social Evening with ‘Videos of Old Hagley’ – Tuesday 5th May 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Our May meeting is a Social Evening with admission by ticket only. There will be refreshments followed by the showing of ‘Videos of Old Hagley’.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. The ticket price is £6.50. Please contact us to check availability.

 


Car Outing to Four Ashes Hall, Enville – Tuesday 14th July 2015

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The Hall was originally built in 1660 with extensive additions over the next 200 years.  The Georgian stable block and outbuildings are spectacular and the Bath House has just been restored.  It has always remained in the same family.

We meet at the Hall at 2pm prompt for a house history tour lasting 45 minutes and a garden tour.  Included is a ‘good afternoon tea’ with plenty of homemade cakes.

The cost is £14 which includes entrance, tours, afternoon tea and tips.


Parish Archivist – Job Description

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Parochial Church Council (P.C.C.)

RESPONSIBLE FOR:

The security, preservation and conservation of all Church of England records in the Parish of Hagley and also of civil records before 1894.

Maintaining such records and procedures that may be required by the County Record Office.

Making available records to bona fide researchers, who should make written applications, and then supervise their work in an appropriate manner.

Liaising with other local persons and organisations to optimize the value of the research source.

Making applications to appropriate bodies for financial support when necessary.

Cooperating with the supporters carrying out work associated with the records etc.

PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION.

KNOWLEDGE:

Keep a list of the key holders to all archive storage facilities.

Maintain a list of external contacts that can provide support for the archives.

List the steps in dealing with external enquiries.

Describe the scope of computers used to support the function.

SKILLS:

Ability to use computer programmes to support ready access to a range of data.

Ability to transcribe and analyze raw data to suit a range of records.

 


Newsletter – March 2015

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Notwithstanding road works and queues, we take our Hagley roads very much for granted and we rely on the County Council for their maintenance. However, 400 years ago it was a parish responsibility and each adult male was expected to spend six days per year on road maintenance without pay.

Roads improved, we were told by our speaker Julian Hunt, in the 1700s when acts of parliament were passed to introduce Turnpikes. These roads were maintained through the collection of tolls at toll houses along the route. Many toll houses have now gone but probably the nearest example is the ‘Hasbury Stores’ at Haley Green. Of course collection of tolls means toll collectors and local worthies bid for the right to collect these on the understanding that all money collected was spent on road maintenance. Not all of it was of course and profits were made. Some things do not change.

We are fortunate in Hagley that we still retain our parish archives. Among them you can find lists of the ten notable locals annually selected by the Constable of Hagley to assist the Highways Surveyor in determining what maintenance was required. These archives are kept under environmentally controlled conditions and supervised by a Parish Archivist. The post of Parish Archivist is currently vacant and applicants sought. If you are interested please send an  email to admin@hagleycofe.co.uk with subject ARCHIVIST expressing interest.

Our meeting on Tuesday 5th May at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall is a ticket only Social Evening followed by ‘Videos of Old Hagley’. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.


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