Note: Meetings from October to April start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX
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Future Events

Tuesday 20 March 2018

 Dr. Elizabeth Goldring, ‘Elizabeth’s visits and Leycester’s associated building projects’.

N.B. The evening will start with the AGM at 7.30 pm (with tea and coffee served from 7 pm).  The talk will follow at approx. 8 pm

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Dr. Polly Ha, ‘English Puritanism with particular emphasis on Warwickshire and Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.’

Recent Events

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Evening Lecture from Dr Richard Churchley -- Old pubs and lost hostelries of Warwickshire: their history, names and stories.

Saturday 25 November 2017

Seasonal outing and celebration: visit to Salford Hall.  We  had record numbers (over 70) at our pre-Christmas visit to Salford Hall (now a hotel). Dr Nat Alcock  demostrated the Hall's features as he outlined its complex social and architectural history. Later Guarderobe (a reenactment group) presented a light-hearted view of events connected with  its Catholic past, such as the Gunpowder Plot. 

Tuesday 21 November 2017

On our first Members’ Evening we heard several excellent presentations --

Alec Ross: 'Visualising Local History: the 1910-15 Valuation Survey in Stretton-on-Dunsmore.'  This explained the research application of  TNA maps and descriptions collected following the 1910 Finance Act. These could be combined with census and other data to develop a very detailed picture of an Edwardian locality (both here and elsewhere).

Stewart Fergusson: '‘The Factious Citie of Coventry’: Crisis and Change in the 17th Century.' Coventry, more than many places, had an eventful experience in this stormy period, and we heard about some individuals and their doings. 

Professor Ronnie Mulryne: 'The Stratford Guildhall and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.'             This important site had undergone recent changes, presenting its striking features and aiming  to explain their significance for Shakespeare's life and times. 

Tuesday 17 October 2017

Lecture by Adam Busiakiewicz, art historian-- Sir Fulke Greville: collector, builder, gardener and Warwickshire man.

Our first autumn meeting brought to life this local, albeit relatively little-known, figure. Adam Busiakiewicz  outlined his Warwickshire roots (near Alcester), his life as as a courtier and service in high office. We heard about his later work on the ruinous Warwick Castle, and its embellishment with tapestries and new formal gardens. Finally we heard Adam on his lute, accompanying  Peter Morris who sang a Greville poem, with music by Dowland. 

Summer Outings 2017

16 September 2017:  Wixford and Salford Priors – At St Milburga’s, Wixford, Bryan Knight showed us the de Cruwe brasses and some fine mediaeval glass. Outside Maureen Harris was our guide to the churchyard’s large yew tree, the preaching cross and the horse house. At St. Matthew’s, Salford Priors, we saw the Clarke family monuments, with their abundant heraldic detail. Stephen Roberts discussed the significant location near the confluence of the Arrow and the Avon, with the possible role of the south side's  stair-turret as a beacon to guide travellers over marshy ground.

15 July 2017 Nuneaton -- a fascinating tour of St Nicholas' Church and the nearby Grammar School. David Paterson told members about their intertwined histories and some of the events and personalities that inspired George Eliot.

17 June 2017 King's Norton --  a visit to a group of early modern buildings clustered around the Parish Church;  St Nicolas' Place, formerly a Tudor merchant's house, and the Old Grammar School. We  heard a talk from Dr Denise Thomas  about its most notable head, the Rev. Thomas Hall, Puritan clergyman, bibliophile and polemical writer. 

13 May 2017 Bidford-on-Avon walking tour -- with Prof. Chris Dyer, Dr Nat Alcock, and members of the Bidford and District LHS. We heard about  mediaeval attempts to develop into a town and explored this  fascinating village.

Programme of lectures

Invitation for Outings 2018 (please note that several dates have changed, due to factors outside our conrol)

Meeting report: 'Getting Online for Research and Publicity'.

List of local history websites.

The winter lectures are free to WLHS members and members of affiliated Local History Societies; we charge £3.00 for non-members - refundable on the night when joining the Society!

For a list of other societies' lectures and events, see the calendar on Our Warwickshire







The 'Lord Nelson' in Alcester (photo -- Richard Chuchley)

Salford Hall (photo -- Helen Hargest)

Guaderobe reenactor at Salford Hall

(photo -- Helen Hargest)