Lapworth and Rowington in the Civil War

I have been contacted by Maureen Harris who is organising a project, which is being run through ‘The Friends of Warwickshire Record Office’ and the Dugdale Society, for volunteers from LHSs and Civic Societies etc all over Warwickshire to help with the transcription of an important series of Parliamentarian ‘Loss Accounts’ compiled for nearly 200 parishes all over Warwickshire in 1646/7.

The accounts detail the losses from parishes and named individuals from onerous war-time taxation, billeting of soldiers and plunder, as the armies marched back and forth across the county between 1642 and 1646. Maureen is looking for 1 or 2 volunteers  with no or little experience of reading C17th original records or visiting record offices to help with the transcriptions after training in reading C17th hand-writing and with on-going support, visits, expert talks and background information.  Continue reading “Lapworth and Rowington in the Civil War”

Girl Guiding in Lapworth

I have had an enquiry from Ellie Gill who is the current Guide Leader in Lapworth and is wondering if anyone knows anything about the history of Girl Guides in Lapworth

Girlguiding Warwickshire believe that the group dates to 1958 which would make this year their 60th anniversary.

Can anyone help with information, pictures or contacts of people who may know more?

Do you recognise anyone in this photo or can you perhaps date it?

Lapworth Girl Guides. Captain – Miss Bradshaw

If you can give any information, please comment below or contact Nick Holmes who will pass on the information to Ellie or put you in touch with her.

The Lost Railway

A new branch line opened from Lapworth via Rowington to Henley-in-Arden on 6th June 1894 taking the railway to Henley for the first time. Paul Baker will be giving a talk to the Lapworth History Group on 28th November at Lapworth Village Hall at 7:45pm about the amazing story of the construction of the branch line that took more than 30 years to build but ran for only 25 years.

Opening of Rowington branch from Kingswood to Henley-in-Arden – 1894

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The Great Fire of Warwick

Dr Gillian White’s talk on the Great Fire of Warwick last night was another tour de force – hugely entertaining but also very instructive.

The fire started near the Lord Leicester Hospital on  the afternoon of 5th September 1694 and in the space of just six hours had raged up the High Street, Church Street, Northgate and the Market Square, consuming almost everything in its path including most of St Mary’s Church.  More than 250 houses were destroyed – perhaps a quarter of the properties in the town.

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Warwick Words History Festival 2-8 October

Warwick Words are again running their festival with a history theme.  Last year’s event featured some excellent talks and this year’s programme looks just as good including a talk on WW1 in Warwick by our old favourite Graham Sutherland and a talk by Gillian White on Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575.  Dr Gillian White will be coming to us to talk about the Great Fire of Warwick in September .

The festival programme is online at and the Box Office is now open o 01926 334418