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.
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.
I am delighted to have been given permission by Arthur Lockwood to reproduce photographs of some of his beautiful local paintings. Take a look on the Gallery page and see the full collection of nearly 40 paintings on the RowingtonRecords website
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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 .
I’m afraid that the National Trust have let us down and the planned re-opening of the Elgar Birthplace Museum in “late Spring” has been delayed until the autumn. This means, unfortunately, that the trip to Madresfield Court on 22nd June will not now be able to include a visit the Elgar Museum as well. We will instead be able to spend a little longer in Malvern after visiting Madresfield and perhaps return to Lapworth a little earlier.
This is disappointing but I hope it does not spoil the day; Madresfield alone should be well worth the visit.
Please contact Barry Kennaugh if you need any further information.