I would like to introduce myself, my name is David Hewer and I am
Custodian of Bagots Castle in Baginton, Warwickshire in the English
Midlands. I have lived in Baginton for some 18 years although my
connections with the area go back more than 30 years. I have been
a Parish Councillor and am a member of the PCC of St John the
Baptist Church of Baginton. I take an active role in the community.
I had no idea there was a castle ruin at Baginton until 2000 at which
time it belonged to the local Scout Group, who then sold the site to
Finham Golf Club. The Golf Club decided to sell the site, including
some 19.75 acres and after lengthy negotiations I resolved to
purchase the site. It was going to be my retirement challenge to tidy
the site and open it for visits by local schools, to help bring their
history lessons to life. Unfortunately this did not materialise, but I did
manage to get a 7 year lease from the Golf Club. In excess of
£130,000 has been spent to date on the castle and nearby
ornamental ponds. I have provided funds myself, supplememented
by grants from English Heritage
, Warwick District Council
(Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and donations from
local companies and private indviduals.
I am Managing Director of Hewer Builders Limited
(and am very knowledgeable in the restoration of churches and houses) and with the help of my company friends, employees and sub contractors we cleared the site of some 30 tonnes of scrap metal, beer cans, plastic bottles and much more to bring the site to how it looks today.
I am committed to preserving the structure and prevent further deterioration, and keep the whole area safe for the visitors that I hope will come to see this small part of ancient British history.
You can contact me through this site
BAGOT’S CASTLE NEWS FOR DECEMBER / JANUARY
All is quiet at the castle at the moment: not much to report apart from the fact that I and my volunteers will be kept busy from now until the end of March with essential maintenance to the site and our annual winter tidy up.
We finished off the 2018 season at Bagot’s Castle with our Halloween Event on the 31st October and it proved to be one of the most successful events of the season with record numbers in attendance. I would like to thank my volunteers for all their hard work and dedication, which made the event such a great success. Also a thank you to Morrisons for their sponsorship.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bagot’s Castle next year - our first weekend of opening will be Saturday 6th April 2019. Please put this date in your calendar as for this weekend only each visitor will be greeted with a surprise.
Until then if a group would like a visit to the castle over the winer period, we may be able to arrange this by special appointment. Please contact us
All that is left for me to say is a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2019 from all of us at Bagot’s Castle.
Thank you for your support.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
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