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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 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, 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 SEPTEMBER

September is the month when Bagot’s Castle takes part in Heritage Open Weekend. This year it will be held over two weekends. During Heritage Open Weekend admission is FREE. Our opening times are as follows:
We look forward to seeing you over this event, a free fun day out for all the family.

During the months of June and July we have had many visitors so the word is spreading that Bagot’s Castle is a lovely place to visit. Thank you for your support.

My dedicated volunteers and I have been clearing the debris and broken branches from trees which have fallen into the River Sowe blocking the flow. We are responsible for looking after this stretch of river so we thought we would take advantage of the hot weather, so over a period of 5 weekends have cleared the river. We had lots of fun, very hard work but very rewarding. A very big thank you to all that helped.

Thank you for your support.

David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle



    
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