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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 is my retirement challenge to tidy the site and open it for visits by local schools, to help bring their history lessons to life. After a number of years during which I leased the site, I have finally purchased the castle ruin. 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 FEBRUARY

December and January have been quiet months at Bagot’s Castle. The new metal fencing was completed just before Christmas. Thank you to all who donated towards this project - your support is very much appreciated. We are now in the process of organising the metal plaques with the names of sponsors. We intend to have an Open Day for all sponsors when we are able to so. You will be able to walk around and see your metal plaque in position on the fence and see for yourself how this fencing enhances the site.

The 3 baby Bagot’s Goats have now settled in. Thank you to all children who suggested names. We have named the goats, Buttercup, Cornflower and Primrose. They are growing fast and are friendly and looking forward to the children feeding them, hopefully when we open our gates again this year which will be Easter Weekend. We hope we will be able to hold our Easter Egg Hunt this year; again we will have to wait and see.

My dedicated volunteers have helped on the occasional Saturday over the last two months with tidying up around the site. I would like to thank them.

Last week we had vandals break into the grounds through the boundary fencing with the golf club and adjoining land. They damaged the fence and broke two of our signs. We managed to repair the fencing ourselves but we now have the extra cost of getting the signs replaced. Hopefully I will have better, more positive news from Bagot’s Castle in the March issue during these very difficult and strange times.

I would like to wish you all good health and best wishes for 2021 and stay safe.


David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
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