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 Start Again!!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Our next meeting is on December 7th.


Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Meetings are held at 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month except August.

St Saviour’s Church Hall, West Hagley DY9 0NS.

Visitors are most welcome at all our events – £2 including refreshments

Annual membership £10 Contact: mail@hhfs.org.uk

December 7th   King Richard III: Hero? Murderer? Loyal Brother? – Max Keen

January 4th   First World War Smethwick and the Lightwoods Military Hospital – Mary Bodfish

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

FRIDAY March 4th   The Last Days of Steelmaking at Round Oak – Keith Hodgkins

April 5th   Shelsley Walsh: The Story of a Village – Max Hunt

May 3rd   TBA

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

July 5th   TBA

September 6th  The Stone and Bronze Age in Worcestershire – Discover History 

October 4th  AGM followed by: William Shenstone – Julian Hunt

November 1st   The Archaeology of the Cinema – Ned Williams

December 6th   Gordon of Khartoum: A Victorian Epic – Max Keen

Join our Society

Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Membership costs £10 per year.  Join at one of our meetings (visitors are most welcome) or contact our Treasurer, Jean Atkinson, at mail@hhfs.org.uk.

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