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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 – ‘Worcestershire Turnpikes’ – Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 8pm sees Julian Hunt presenting ‘Worcestershire Turnpikes‘. Some of the Turnpikes in Worcestershire date back 300 years. The tolls levied along them paid for the maintenance of the main roads between the city and its surrounding towns. Prior to the Turnpikes the state of the roads made them impassable for much of the year and dangerous when passable.

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

Newsletter – February 2015

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

If you were asked to name a museum in Birmingham I expect the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery would be the first one to come to mind. However, there are at least eight others including Aston Hall, Soho House and the Think Tank. One thing that these eight have in common is that they are supported by The ‘Friends of Birmingham Museums’. Our speaker this month, Deborah De Haas, Chairman of the Friends, explained what she and her fellow members did to support the museums through social and fundraising events. The Trust has been in existence for 85 years and currently has over 1000 members. In recent years it has been able to raise up to £25,000 per year to help acquire works of art of all descriptions to enhance the museums’ collections.

On Tuesday 21st April the society will be visiting Eastnor Castle. Details are available on our website or through the Society’s Village News contact

Our meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Dr Sue Jennings presenting ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: First Female Physician’. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a feminist who was the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain. She was a formidable woman in her time as she was also a co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first female doctor in France and as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Coach Outing to Eastnor Castle – Tuesday 21st April 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Our coach leaves Webbs Garden Centre at 9.30am and picks up at the village car park at 9.35am.

On arrival we shall have a 1½ hour guided tour of the Castle which will be opened especially for us.

Afterwards there will be a light lunch served in the Castle. This will include a selection of sandwiches, a slice of homemade cake and a pot of tea or coffee. The gift shop will be open for our visit.

In the afternoon there will be free time in Ledbury to sample the many attractions which include the Market House, Heritage Centre, Butcher Row House Museum, Painted Room, St Katherine’s Hospital Site and the church. We return to Hagley for about 5.00pm.

The cost is £31 which includes coach, entrance, lunch and tips. Car parking has been arranged at Webbs Garden Centre at a cost of £1 per car, to be collected on the day.  Please contact us if you want to join the visit.

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