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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 APRIL

As mentioned in the March issue our first weekend of opening is April 6. Please come along for our first day of opening. Just for this weekend each visitor will receive a complimentary cup of tea and biscuit and squash for the children.

We will again be holding our very popular Easter Egg Hunt at the castle. The event will run from Good Friday 19 April through to the Easter Monday 21 April and our opening times will be from 10.30 – 4.00 p.m each day. Admission will be £10 per family. <br><br>

BAGOT’S CASTLE OPENING TIMES 6 APRIL – 27TH OCTOBER WEEKENDS AND BANK HOLIDAYS midday – 1700 hrs

Don’t forget at the end of this month we will have our wonderful display of bluebells and the scent is amazing. Please check this website for updates on the best time to visit during this time. Make a note in your diary to come along. Admission to the site is: Full Admission £4, Concessions £2, Family Ticket £10 and English Heritage Members half price.

In March our volunteers and I completed improvements to the pond footpaths and we will be putting wild flower seed down in the next week or so. Hopefully we will see the benefits of this next year. We will again be having the help from the Brethren at the end of March (a group of approximately 20) who will be spending all day on the Saturday clearing debris, strimming and raking. This will be our last tidy up before opening. We thank them all and are most grateful for their dedicated support - they work so hard on the day and the site looks amazing for our opening.

Thank you also to my dedicated volunteers who have helped me throughout the winter months with work on the site, I am very appreciative and grateful for their time and hard work they put into the site.

Bagot’s Castle looks forward to welcoming you to our site this season for what we hope will again be a very successful year.

Thank you for your support.

David Hewer
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle

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