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
We are half way through this year and the children will be breaking up for their summer holidays in a few weeks’ time. Let us hope we have some good weather during July and August.
Mums, Dads and Grandparents why not come and spend an afternoon at Bagot’s Castle with your children during the school holidays. The grounds are all now very lush with all the rain we have had recently had. Great to have a picnic and let the children take part in our various types of Children’s trails and our new addition of Nature Detectives, they will enjoy hunting for clues around the site with their magnifying glass and there is a small reward at the end for each child – suitable for children from the age of 3 up to teenagers. A great way to learn about the history of the site the castle, trees and nature.
We can open by special arrangement during the week on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday from 10.00 – 2.30 pm for group visits with at least a couple of days’ notice. Please contact us
or phone on 07786 438711 for opening during the summer holidays.
We also have some family games and find the artefacts in the sand - great fun for the very young.
Full Admission: £4.00
Historic England Members: half price
Thank you to all our volunteers for their help and support and to all our visitors who are very important to us. David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
Bagot's Castle is a Registered Charity in England and Wales (No 1163040) © Bagot's Castle 2019