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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 NOVEMBER

We finished our closing of the gates for the Season with our last event “Halloween at Bagot’s Castle” on Wednesday 31 October and our last weekend open to the public was 27 & 28 October. I am pleased to report that we have had a very successful year for Bagot’s Castle this season with record number of visitors.

During the winter months I will be carry out essential maintenance work with the generous help and support of my dedicated volunteers. Our gates will open again on Saturday 6 April 2019. However, if you are passing by on a Friday afternoon, or weekend and I am on site you would be most welcome to come in.

I would like to say, a very big thank you to our volunteers, who have supported me during the year, I would struggle to keep the site open without them. Thank you.

A very big thank you to those of you who have sent us donations, which is very much appreciated, as it is expensive to maintain the site for us to be open to the public.

One younger visitor to our Halloween party left behind an overcoat. If this was you, please contact us.

David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle


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