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

Join our Society

Monday, July 15th, 2024

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.


Monday, July 15th, 2024

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

August 6th 2024  No Meeting

September 3rd 2024  A Perfect Place to Live: New Towns and Utopias – Ned Williams

October 1st 2024  Short AGM followed by Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer – Andrew Lound

November 5th 2024  The Gunpowder Plot – A Midlands Rising – Philip Bowen

December 3rd 2024  Alfred The Great: A King Who Rode Good Fortune? – Max Keen


January 7th 2025  Harvington Hall: ‘Discover the House of Secrets’ – Phil Downing

February 4th 2025  Early Years at Soho – Mary Bodfish

March 4th 2025 A Century of Popular Songs: 1860s to 1960s – Dr Richard Churchley

April 1st 2025 TBA

May 6th 2025 Social – Ticket Only

June 3rd 2025 Bess of Hardwick and Hardwick Hall – Dr Gillian White

July 1st 2025 Story of the Morgan Motor Company – Max Hunt

August 5th 2025 No Meeting

September 2nd 2025 TBA

October 7th 2025 AGM Ned Williams

November 4th 2025 Broadway:  Worcestershire’s Poshest Village – Julian Hunt

December 2nd 2025  Hereward the Wake: The Last True Englishman? – Max Keen

Hagley 1820 – 2020 with Blakedown to 1933

Thursday, November 10th, 2022


Hagley Historical & Field Society’s Research Group have put together a new book which covers many of the fundamental historical facts about Hagley parish over the period 1820 to 2020, including Blakedown when it was included within the parish (up to 1933).

The book has 104 pages in A5 format.  





The book is priced at £5 and can be ordered online from Hagley Historical and Field Society.  It can also be purchased from Happy Families and Hagley Library.

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