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
(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 DECEMBER/JANUARY
We have come to the end of another very successful year at Bagot’s Castle. The last day of opening was Saturday 31 October when we held our Halloween Event. The weather was not kind to us with wind and heavy rain for most of the day but it cleared up towards late afternoon and it turned out to be the best and most successful Halloween Event held at the castle.
Work commenced on our replacement wooden fencing this week. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter should anyone wish to donate towards this project please contact me
. You can also donate through our Local Giving
link. For £100 a metre, or more if you wish, you can have your name put on a plaque saying you contributed to that part of the fencing. A huge thank you to those who have contributed so far, I very much appreciate your help and support.
Thank you to my volunteers who helped remove the old wooden fencing in very bad weather conditions.
Thank you also to my dedicated goat herders – an excellent team – I am very grateful.
Our three baby Bagot goats have settled in to their new surroundings. We still need names for our female goats and you may like to choose their names via our Visit page
. Names will be drawn at the end of November beginning of December and winners will receive a one-off free entry to the castle for your family. The names must be on the theme of wild flowers and our current goats are named Bluebell, Snowdrop and Violet.
From Bagot’s Castle I would like to wish you a Very Happy Christmas and very best wishes and good health for 2021. Stay safe and look forward to welcoming you to Bagot’s Castle next year.
Thank you to all for your support.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle
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