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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, SPAB (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 MARCH

Bagot’s Castle will be opening our gates this year on Friday 30 March when we will hold our very successful annual Easter Egg Hunt.


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Our EASTER EGG HUNT will start on Good Friday and the hunt will be on for children to find hidden eggs hidden around the castle grounds on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 12 o’clock till 5.00 p.m each day. Admisision £10 for a family of 4.

On the Sunday we will hold an Easter Bonnet Parade at 2.00 p.m. All entrants will receive a small gift and the Custodian will give a special prize to the one he feels is the best bonnet.

We will all be hoping for spring weather with many children attending to start our Season off with lots of fun.

With the help of my volunteers we have been busy during February and March working on enhancing the Tank Testing area which hopefully will be completed by mid-March.

WCV (Warwickshire Conservation Volunteers) will be on site on 14 February tidying around the pond area and our dedicated team from the Brethren Church will be on site on 3 March. We are very grateful to these two groups for their continued help to us each year.

I know this is a little in advance, but please make a note in your diaries to come along end of April beginning of May to see our display of bluebells that gets more spectacular each year. Keep an eye on our website where we will update on the display. www.bagotscastle.org.uk

Looking forward to seeing you all over the Easter weekend.
Thank you for your support.


David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle