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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 OCTOBER

September has been an excellent month for us at Bagot’s Castle with our continued and increasing number of visitors over the weekends and this year especially for Heritage Open Days, where entry is free. This year Heritage Open Days were held over two weekends (Thursday to Sunday) and we opened our gates free of charge on the 8, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th September. We welcomed to Bagot’s Castle 478 Adults and 115 children, a total of 593.
We laid on games and trails for the children and for the first time we offered homemade cakes and refreshments, which was a great success. We had and our usual tombola, which always goes down well. I would like to thank my dedicated volunteers for baking the cakes and for my friends and neighbours who donated prizes for the tombola. I am overwhelmed by the support and help I receive for Bagot’s Castle. We are also fortunate to receive sponsorship from the supermarket Morrisons, Leamington Spa, who will be sponsoring our Halloween Event this October and Easter Egg Hunt next year.
October is our last month of opening before we close for the Season. Our last official day for opening to the public will be Sunday 28 October. If we are around after that date we will open by request. Contact us, but we would require a few days’ notice. If you are passing by on a Friday afternoon, or weekend and I am on site you would be most welcome to come in.

Again, this year we will be holding our last event for the season, being our ‘Halloween Event.’ This will be held on:

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER FROM 3.00 – 7.30 PM.

The castle will be lit up and we will have: Admission Charge: £10.00 per family.

Please come along for a fun packed exciting afternoon/evening and it would be lovely to see the children dressed up in their fancy dress costumes.

With regard to the maintenance of the site, which is always ongoing, my hard working volunteers and I have now finally managed to clear the debris from the River Sowe and grass seed has been sown along the walkway. It is now looking lovely and peaceful down by the river, which is clean and clear.
As you will see we work in all weather and two volunteers took shelter from a heavy downpour.

Thank you for your support.

David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle


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