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 SEPTEMBER
September is here already. This month we will be taking part in the Heritage Open Weekend and sites participating in the event open their gates free to the public.
This year we will be open on the following days:
7 September Thursday midday – 4.30pm
8 September Friday midday – 4.30pm
9 September Saturday 10.00 – 5.00 pm
10 September Sunday 10.00 – 5.00 pm
We look forward to seeing you over this event, where we will have lots going on, i.e. Face Painting for children on the Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 2.00 – 4.30 pm
games for children, picnic areas and children’s trails.
We will also be having a tombola to raise funds for the restoration of the Summer House, which will be our project for next year.
Please come along and support us.
School holidays will soon be over the children will be going back to school. If you are at a loss as what to do with the children during the last couple of weeks we would be able to open up on either a Monday or Wednesday and a Friday afternoon, but we would need advance warning so please contact us through our website www.bagotscastle.org.uk Perhaps Mums could get together and bring the children and have a picnic in the grounds and let the children take part in our Children’s trails – we have three trails suitable for children from the age of 4 up to teenagers. A great way to learn about the history of the site and the castle. For Group Bookings we will do a discount.
We also have a very own Bagot’s Castle Activity Pack priced at £1.00 which will keep the children amused.
Admissions Prices to Castle are as follows:
Full Admission £4, 00
Family Ticket £10.00 (2 Adults and up to 2 children)
Children under 5 Free
As I always mention we are looking for volunteers. Help the general maintenance of the site would be especially welcome. If you are interested, please contact us through our website or pop along any weekend when we are open and have a chat. There is no commitment - help when you can, once a month, once a week just when you have a spare couple of hours your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle