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 JULY / AUGUST
I am very happy and pleased to say that May/June has seen record numbers of visitors to the castle and I am delighted that more and more people are aware of our beautiful and peaceful site. The bank holidays were extremely busy and it is lovely to see people enjoying our facilities, many returning back weekly.
We received a £2,000 grant at the beginning of May to extend the site with a nature/wildlife walk through the third pond area. We have placed orders for the materials and will start the project end of September.
During the school Summer holidays we will open on:
Wednesdays from 10.30 – 2.30 pm starting from WEDNESDAY 28 JULY
Families will be able to take advantage of these extra opening times during the holidays – bring a picnic and the children can do our Bagot’s Castle trial or our Nature trails.
We also now have a Teddy Bears picnic area for the children to sit amongst the teddy bears and look at story books and enjoy a picnic.
or call 07796 438711 for information.
Looking ahead to September when we will participate in the Heritage Open Days 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 & 19 September. We will soon be hosting a Virtual Balloon Race, save the date. Balloons will be on sale from Monday 9 August 2021
and the race will start on Monday 20 September at 12 pm and finish on Monday 27 September at 12 pm
. The winner will be notified by email the following day. Look out for further details which will be posted here
and at the Visitor Centre at the Castle where any member of the team will be on hand to assist with buying balloons online.
Also during the two heritage weekends we will have a wood carver on site for the one day each weekend. Not able to give date a present but please check our website or notice board on our gates nearer the time.
We are still always looking for volunteers, maybe 6th Form teenagers would like to help
at the weekends during their summer break. If you are interested please contact us via our website www.bagotscastle.org.uk or pop along any weekend and we will be more than happy to tell you what is involved.
We intend to start work on partial rebuilding of the Summer House/Gazebo next year and in the meantime we will be busy fundraising.
Hope to see all at Bagot’s castle during the summer and enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you to all volunteers and all who support us.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle