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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 MARCH

This month we will be getting ready to open our gates for visitors to the castle. At the time of writing we are not sure if we will be able to open then, due to COVID.

The first weekend of opening this year, if we are allowed, will be the Easter weekend and hopefully we will be able to have our Easter egg hunt for children this year, but we will have to await Government guidelines. If we are allowed, the hunt will be different and interesting whilst meeting the guidelines. We will be making plans for this to happen and you will see signs around Baginton and outside our main gate.

Our Opening date for this year will be:

Good Friday 2 April 2021.

As it is Easter we will be open on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Easter Egg Hunt. Thereafter it will be weekends and bank holidays.

Further details will be available here

Opening times and prices for this Season will be as follows:

1030 – 1600 hours at weekends and bank holidays.
Our three additions (baby Bagot goats) have settled in and are now friendly and looking forward to seeing the children stroke them and offer them a few treats, thanks to Natasha and Nevil who visit them on a daily basis. Thank you.

Our replacement fencing is now complete and compliments the site. Thank you to all those who have made donations towards the costs.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.


David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
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