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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 – ‘The Glover’s Needle’ – Tuesday 6th October 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Our meeting on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees David Simons presenting “The Spire of St Andrew’s Church, Worcester, ‘The Glover’s Needle’: its History, Construction and Repairs”. Once the spire crowning the roof of St. Andrew’s Church, the Glover’s Needle is all that remains of this former landmark, since the rest of the church was demolished in the 1940s after being condemned. The Glover’s Needle dates from the mid-18th century, being built to replace a previous spire destroyed in a heavy storm, and is named after the city’s famous glove-making industry.

The meeting will begin with a very short AGM.

St Andrews Church, Worcester

St Andrews Church, Worcester

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

Newsletter – September 2015

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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.

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