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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

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.


Meeting – December 2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th December. There will be a presentation by Dr Gillian White entitled ‘The Hugely Huggable History of the Teddy Bear’. Gillian is a NADFAS speaker and is well known to Society members. She will cover origin of the ‘Bear’ in the 19th century through Winnie the Pooh to Paddington. This is our Christmas meeting and so a specially commissioned Chrismas cake will be served with the free refreshments after the meeting.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details.  Annual membership £10


Newsletter – November 2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The cathedral city of Worcester was the first Georgian City to be built in England, predating both Cheltenham and Leamington. This was the claim made by our speaker this month Sandy Cale in her presentation entitled ‘Elegant Georgian Worcester’.

Little remains of Worcester prior to the 1660s as much of it was burned down by Oliver Cromwell after the defeat of Charles II at the battle of Worcester in 1651. From this low point the city was gradually rebuilt. Initially the buildings were in the black and white timbered style of which a few examples still exist today despite city planners. However, with the increased prosperity brought by industries such as porcelain manufacture and glove making the fine brick built Georgian buildings we now see gradually rose. Georgian Worcester as we know it today is characterised by such buildings at the Guild Hall built in 1722 by Thomas White which Pevsner described as probably the finest Baroque Town Hall in England.

Guild Hall, Worcester

Guild Hall, Worcester

The Hagley Archives Group has recently published a short book entitled ‘Middlefield Lane, Hagley – A Short History. The idea for this new publication was originally developed by the late Dr Peter Bloore who lived in Middlefield Lane. The Group decided that they would continue his research with the aim publishing a summary of his work along with contributions from past and present residents of the Lane. This illustrated book is available from Happy Families.

Our next meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall is on Tuesday 3rd January 2017. There will be a presentation by Madeline Goold entitled ‘The Helm family of Worcester: a Dynasty of Dancing Masters’. Dancing Masters in Georgian times were very influential socially as they dictated the styles and etiquette of the day. Madeline is a NADFAS speaker, author and accomplished sculptor who lives in Hagley.

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


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