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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 – October 2018

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 2nd October at 8.00pm when we will have a very short Annual General Meeting followed by a presentation by Jo Roche entitled “Pioneers in Petticoats – The Early History of Kidderminster High School for Girls”.

Kidderminster High School opened on the Chester Road South site in 1912 and ceased to exist as a separate entity in July 1977 when it was amalgamated with King Charles 1st School and Queen Elizabeth 1st Grammar School (Hartlebury), becoming a comprehensive school.

This is a story of two second cousins, Miss Catherine Bennett and Miss Elizabeth Frances Ridley and their contribution to education for girls in Kidderminster. It was in an era when academic education had to be paid for. For girls, this was regarded as unfitting and unnecessary and only intended to provide a social education in preparation for marriage. All this was about to change.

Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details and contacts.

Car Outing to Stourbridge – Tuesday 18th September

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
On Tuesday 18th September we shall have a 75 minute guided walk around Stourbridge to look at the buildings.  The walk will be lead by David Hickman from Stourbridge Historical Society who used to be Head Librarian in the town.
We meet at The Bonded Warehouse which is a short walk from the town centre and where parking is available.  The guided walk starts at 11am and afterwards we shall have lunch at The Old Bank which is on the High Street at its junction with Coventry Street.
The cost of the walk is £5.  Please contact us if you want to join the visit.

Car Outing to Red House Glass Cone – Thursday 25th October 2018

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

On Thursday 25th October we shall have a guided tour of The Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge which lasts 90 minutes and includes a glass blowing demonstration.  The tour starts at 11am and afterwards we shall have lunch at the Red Cone Coffee House which must be pre-ordered.

The cost of the outing is £14 which includes the tour, glass blowing demonstration, lunch and tips.  Please contact us if you want to join the visit.

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