Welcome Message

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 – December 2017 and January 2018

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Our December meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 8.00pm with a presentation by Andrew Crabtree entitled ‘Christmas Songs and Carols’.  With over 30 years experience, Andrew has performed as a soloist in most styles of music, and also accompanied a wide range of instrumentalists and vocalists.

Our January meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 8.00pm with a presentation by Mick and Carole Freer entitled “Leasowes Walled Garden”. The Walled Garden lies at the heart of The Leasowes in Halesowen and was once internationally famous for its design and beauty. It is the mid 18th Century creation of the poet, William Shenstone and a reflection of its importance is its designation as a Grade 1 Listed Garden.

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


News Letter – November 2017

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Beatrice, born in 1887, was the youngest of seven children of William Cadbury, owner of the world famous chocolate empire, who along with the Frys and Rountrees were dominant in the chocolate world from the 1840s.

Beatrice was an exceptional woman who grew up with all the privileges: a fine mansion with servants, a well-rounded education and the chance to travel the world and see all its glories. Despite her annual income of £400,000 from Cadbury shares, her lifelong quest to create a fairer and more equal society was inspirational, if at times, bordering on self-destruction. The issues raised by her life – how the 1% of those who have most material wealth or power treat the 99% of those who have less are timeless, and utterly relevant today.

Her Socialist ideals made her wealth unacceptable and she gifted all her shares to Cadbury workers. Along with her husband, Kees Boeke, she relentlessly pursued their vision of a fairer and more equal society. One of her bold experiments involved sharing their house with waifs and strays who promptly stole much of the contents. She eventually ended up living in a tent but bad weather and poverty caused health problems and it proved a spectacular failure.

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 8.00pm with a presentation by Mick and Carole Freer entitled “Leasowes Walled Garden”. The Walled Garden lies at the heart of The Leasowes in Halesowen and was once internationally famous for its design and beauty. It is the mid 18th Century creation of the poet, William Shenstone and a reflection of its importance is its designation as a Grade 1 Listed Garden.


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