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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

Coach Outing to Selly Manor and Winterbourne House – Thursday 24th September 2015

Friday, August 14th, 2015

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

On arrival at Bournville there will be guided tours of Selly Manor and the garden village with a break for tea or coffee.

Afterwards we move to Winterbourne House, a restored Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa built in 1903 for John and Margaret Nettlefold.

Lunch will include quiche, sausage turnovers, pork pies, salads, bread rolls, tea, coffee and water.

In the afternoon there will be free time to explore the house, Coach House Gallery, Victorian printing press exhibition, Terrace Tea Room, gift shop and 7 acres of gardens. We return to Hagley for about 5.00pm.

The cost is £31 which includes coach, entrance, tours, tea, coffee, 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.

Meeting – ‘Alms Houses’ – Tuesday 1st September 2015

Friday, July 10th, 2015

We have no meeting in August but our meeting on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Ned Williams presenting ‘Alms Houses’. Ned Williams is well known to the Society and members will remember his talk ‘Any Old Iron – a Look at the Use of Corrugated Iron in Architecture’.

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

Newsletter – August 2015

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Our previous two meetings seem to have followed a chocolate theme, even to the point where chocolate bars were available for members to eat at the July meeting. Our speaker this month was aptly named Alan Thornton and his subject was ‘The Bournville Story’.

His talk was illustrated by a film entitled ‘The Bournville Story’. Made in 1953 and narrated by a young Richard Attenborough, it won a premier award in the ‘Industrial Documentary’ class at the Turin International Film Festival. It portrays Cadburys as we remember it.

George Cadbury was greatly influenced by his Quaker beliefs. He had a deep seated social concern for the way people were forced to live in the overcrowded back streets of Birmingham. Conditions were so poor that healthy living was almost impossible and at the end of the 19th Century life expectancy was about 40 years.

He and his elder brother, Richard, had made a success of their father’s chocolate business, moving from Birmingham City Centre to its present site (then in the country) in 1879.  The area around the new ‘factory in a garden’ was named Bournville. Bourn was the name of the local stream, and ‘ville’ was apt because of the French rivalry in chocolate-making at the time.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th October. There will be a short 10 minute AGM followed by a presentation by David Simons – ‘The Spire of St Andrew’s Church, Worcester, ‘The Glover’s Needle’: its History, Construction and Repairs’. 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