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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 MAY

What a fantastic Easter and opening of our Season at Bagot’s Castle on Good Friday 2 April. Our Easter trails were a success and we ran out of Easter eggs on the Sunday but children were still happy to complete the trail and they receive a packet of Easter bunnies instead of an egg. We had over 1000 visitors during the 4 days and the feedback from visitors was very positive and complimentary. Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers for making this event a success.

Please make a note on your calendars for our next attraction will be our fantastic display of bluebells, as I write this the bluebells are in bud and as you walk down the path to the river you can see a faint shade of blue. We anticipate the bluebells to be out for the bank holiday weekend.

We will be opening for 2 weeks during the bluebell season every day from 1030 – 1430 hours. Depending on the show of bluebells it is anticipated our two weeks of opening will be from the start of the Bank Holiday on 1st May.
Please check here for updates or call 07786438711.

VOLUNTEERS REQURIED - We are looking for more volunteers for meeting and greeting. If you are interested in helping please come along when we are open and make yourself known to one of us and we will be more than happy to show you what is involved. We are looking for morning sessions 1030 – 1300 and afternoon sessions 1300 – 1600. With more meet and greet volunteers we will be able to open our gates in the week.

Look forward to seeing you at Bagot’s Castle – there is always something of interest for all ages.


David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
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