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

Saturday 5 May 2018

Visit to Bedworth, starting 2 pm --

Chamberlayne Almshouses, Old Meeting House and Heritage Centre (Victorian Parsonage). Sorry, booking has closed for this event. 

Saturday 16 June 2018

An opportunity to see Fillongley's Castle, its Church and various smaller historic buildings. Some walking is involved in this visit.

Recent Events

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Dr. Polly Ha, ‘Was Trolling an Elizabethan Invention?: Ecclesiastical vitriol and the role of Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.’    

The final years of Elizabeth I's reign were nasty. During  some of Tudor England’s worst years economically, religious conflict escalated between puritans and conformists.  This lecture explored the evolution of ecclesiastical vitriol in the broader context of the nasty nineties, through the leading puritan Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick.


Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dr Elizabeth Goldring: 'Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth I and Kenilworth' 

This lecture, following our AGM, explored Dudley's building changes at the castle, his entertainments  for the Queen there, and the wider cultual and historical context.


Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dr Richard Churchley -- Old pubs and lost hostelries of Warwickshire: their history, names and stories. Richard offered us a rapid visual and historical tour of Warwickshire pubs, both informative and entertaining.

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). We had a fascinating tour with Dr Nat Alcock, followed by a light-hearted presentation from the reenactment group  Guarderobe. 

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.'  Using TNA maps and descriptions collected following the 1910 Finance Act. 

Stewart Fergusson: '‘The Factious Citie of Coventry’: Crisis and Change in the 17th Century.' The eventful period in Coventry. 

Professor Ronnie Mulryne: 'The Stratford Guildhall and Shakespeare's Schoolroom.'           Explaining   this important site, its features and recent changes. 

Tuesday 17 October 2017

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

Exaplaining the political and cultural significance of this impoartnt local figure; enlivened with a Greville poem to lute music by Dowland. . 

Summer Outings 2017

16 September 2017:  Wixford and Salford Priors –  St Milburga’s, Wixford, with its fine brasses, mediaeval glass, and outside, the large yew tree, the preaching cross and the horse house; at St. Matthew’s, Salford Priors, Clarke family monuments and curious church stair-turret a beacon for travellers.

15 July 2017 Nuneaton -- a fascinating tour of St Nicholas' Church and the nearby Grammar School, with the George Eliot links.

17 June 2017 King's Norton -- a fine group of early modern buildings clustered near the Parish Church. 

13 May 2017 Bidford-on-Avon  -- we explored this intriguing village, hearing about its mediaeval ambitions and its later development.

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


   Thomas Cartwright, late Elizabethan

   Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital