Our meeting on Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Max Keen presenting ‘King Henry V and Agincourt: England’s Greatest 3 Hours?‘. He will be wearing armour in the style of the period. From experience we know he will be both enlightening and also very entertaining.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10
The first recorded establishment of Almshouses we were told by Ned Williams our speaker this month, date back to the 10th century in York built by King Athelstan. They were based on a Christian tradition of providing a place of residence for poor, old and distressed people. However, you can still see them today in places as near as Bewdley and even in fishing ports such as Padstow. They are usually distinguished by plaques and in Droitwich you can find some entitled for the benefit of ‘Decayed Saltmakers’.
We seem to have a number of centenary anniversaries this year. In addition to the First and Second World War anniversaries we also have the signing of Magna Carta in 1215 and the battle of Waterloo in 1815. There are some more quirky anniversaries. In 1715 the first Doggett’s Coat and Badge rowing race was held on the River Thames and if you had been in the right place at the right time you could have bought Stone Henge at auction for £6,600 in 1915.
However, the anniversary I want you to be most interested in is the battle of Agincourt in 1415. At our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd November we have a presentation by Max Keen entitled ‘King Henry V and Agincourt: England’s Greatest Three Hours?’. He will be wearing armour in the style of the period. From experience we know he will be both enlightening and also very entertaining. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see home page for details and contacts.
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.
The book is priced at £5 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.
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.