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

New Gallery

I have posted some pictures – kindly taken by Paul Baker – of our recent visit to Madresfield Court near Malvern.  Take a look on the Gallery page

Madresfield trip – 22nd June

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.


Welcome to the new Lapworth History Group Website!

Please take a few minutes to browse around – hopefully it is all fairly self-explanatory.

My intention is to use the website to maintain a calendar for our meetings and visits, post news and occasional articles of interest to members.

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