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 JULY/AUGUST
Again for the month of June we had record number of visitors and more and more people are now aware of Bagot’s Castle, a thank you to all our visitors who are spreading the word that we are lovely site to visit.
School holidays will soon be upon us. We are not open in the week normally, but during the school holidays 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.
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 offer a discount. We also have a 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
Bagot’s Castle has a car park at the end of Church Road. Follow the signs.
On the volunteering side – we now have a team of dedicated volunteers and I would like to thank them all for their support and help.
I know it is a little in advance but please make a note in your diaries/calendars for the Heritage Open Weekend in September and we will be open for 6 days this year 8th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th September, Thursdays and Fridays from midday till 5.00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 – 5.00 pm. Entry on these date is free to everyone. There will be a lots happening on these days, activities and games for the children, trails and refreshments so please come along and join in the fun.
Thank you for your support.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle