Warwickshire Local History Society – Programme 2021

LLHG Members may like to note the following announcement from WLHS regarding their 2021 Programme. As LLHG are an affiliate member, these talks are available to our members free of charge.

Lecture Programme 2021

Our lecture meetings will continue to be conducted by Zoom, following a broadly positive experience with the autumn talks.  As a reminder, everyone needs to book their place using Eventbrite (partly for security reasons).  As was announced recently, for the time being our online meetings will be open free of charge to non-members of WLHS or affiliated groups.

The first meeting in 2021 will be the daytime one on Saturday week.

Tuesday 16 February at 7.30pm: Adrian Walter: ‘Non-conformist Education and Outreach in Stratford-on-Avon and District 1860 – 1930’.

Tuesday 16 March at 7.30 pm: Members’ Evening:

Judith Ellis — ‘Fillongley: A Recusant Family, traced through House History.’, and

Bill Cook — ‘Long Compton in World War Two’

Tuesday 13 April at 7.00pm (time TBC): AGM & Lecture, Professor Chris Dyer: ‘Immigrants in Warwickshire: a mobile population 1200-1525′

[Please note change of month for AGM – following alteration in constitution).

Spring and Summer — 2021 outings

Despite current difficulties, Rowan Fisher (Outings Secretary) has planned a provisional programme.  This includes the outings postponed in 2020 (rearranged to the corresponding dates in 2021).  Our visits have been planned with social distancing and other Covid safety measures in mind.

Only limited details are currently available, due to the ever changing pandemic situation. Final arrangements will be made 6-8 weeks before each outing.  Please ‘save the date’ in your diaries; and about two months beforehand, full details will be emailed to all members and will be announced on our website.  For those of you who have made payments on account for last year’s postponed outings and wish to join us this year, these monies will be transferred to the 2021 outings.  Alternatively, you may request a refund at any time by contacting Rowan on email (rowanfisher367@gmail.com) or telephone 07507 293669.  Finally, if the pandemic forces us to postpone any 2021 outings, we would hope to arrange rebooking for later this year.

Saturday 8th May 2 pm: St John the Baptist Church, Lea Marston and St Leonard’s Church, Over Whitacre

Rita Poulson (WLHS member) will lead our visit to St John’s, the Estate Church for the nearby Hams Hall Estate.  We will then see St Leonard’s church, presently a Baroque building dating from 1765.  Rita will discuss the fascinating history of this beautiful hilltop chapel, as well as the many characters linked with its story.

Monday 7th June 2 pm: Fire of Warwick walking tour

Two WLHS members will help us explore the story of Warwick’s Great Fire, a destructive 6-hour conflagration in 1694.  Sue Rigby will conduct us along the fire’s route in the High Street and nearby.  Then Steven Wallsgrove will discuss facsimiles of relevant documents in the town’s historic Court House.

Saturday 26th June 2 pm: Henley in Arden Guildhall, Heritage Centre and old town

Dr Nat Alcock, a WLHS committee member, will lead our outing, starting at the 15th Century Guildhall building.  A walking tour will follow along Henley’s historic High Street, before we have a guided visit to the Heritage Centre nearby. T his charts local history from Norman times to the present; its exhibits include early documents on Beaudesert Castle and early urban development, a Victorian/Edwardian Collection, and a replica Anderson bomb shelter.  NB: provision has also been made to deliver this outing online, should Covid restrictions prevent us from visiting in person.

Saturday 17th July 2 pm: Napton on the Hill church and village

Following a visit to the 13th-Century St Lawrence’s Church, local resident Bernard Alsop will take us on a History Walk around the village, starting with the WWII Observer Post, giving views towards Napton Windmill (now a private residence), the canal, and countryside as far as Coventry.  On our walk we can see landmarks such as the old pound, pillory green, old bakery, pub and memorial trees.

Saturday 4th September 2 pm: Bagot’s Castle, Baginton

The Bagot’s Castle archaeologist will take us on a tour of this 14th Century castle, now in ruins.  The original castle is thought to have been built in the 11th century in King Henry I’s reign, then rebuilt three centuries later by the distinguished nobleman Sir William Bagot.

With all best wishes for 2021 from your committee,


John Wilmot (Chairman WLHS)

01926 338348, Mob 07973 272578

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