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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 – ‘Selly Manor and Bournville’ – Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Our meeting on Tuesday 2nd June at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Gillian Ellis of the Bournville Village Trust presenting ‘Selly Manor and Bournville’.

Bournville Village Trust is probably unique among housing associations in owning and managing a museum, housed in a 15th century timber-framed building in the village centre of Bournville. Selly Manor Museum is run by Heritage Manager, Gillian Ellis. Over seven years, she has shown remarkable leadership and dedication in transforming the museum into a thriving and successful community-based educational resource. Visitor numbers are around 14,000 per year.

Selly Manor Museum

Selly Manor Museum

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

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

Wednesday, May 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.

Newsletter – April 2015

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

It is recorded that in the 1300s there was a ferry service already established in Worcester to take ‘monks, milkmaids and herdsmen’ from the riverside by the Cathedral to their daily work on the monastic meadows on the other side of the river. As you might imagine, in 2015 there is not much call for this service from its original users, but the ferry service still exists. If you happen to be in Worcester on a summer Saturday or Sunday after 12.30pm, for the price of 40p you can follow the course of the monks, milkmaids and herdsmen and be rowed across the river by an enthusiastic volunteer oarsman in a boat named ‘Doris’.

Worcester Cathedral Ferry

Worcester Cathedral Ferry

Our speaker this month was Dr. Sue Jennings. Her topic for the evening was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson whom we were told was an astonishing women for her time. She had to battle against obstinate resistance from a male dominated profession to be able to study and then become a Medical Doctor in the 1860s. Eventually, she taught herself French and earned her degree in Paris. She was appointed dean of the London School of Medicine for Women, which she had helped to found and eventually retired to Aldeburgh in Suffolk where she became the first female mayor in England.

Our meeting on Tuesday 2nd June at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees a presentation by Gillian Ellis of the Bournville Village Trust on ‘Selly Manor and Bournville’. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.

Parish Archivist – Job Description

Sunday, March 29th, 2015


Parochial Church Council (P.C.C.)


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.



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.


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.


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