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.
class="font2">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 pleased to report another busy month with visitors to Bagot’s Castle.
At the end of July we intend to start the partial reconstruction of the Summer House/Gazebo. We are just awaiting the final go-ahead from Historic England. This will be very exciting for us and many of our regular visitors will be pleased to see this project started. We still have funds to raise for the completion of the project, so please donate whatever you can. Every little helps and thank you to those of you who have kindly donated to date.
Please check here
for openings during the summer holidays or call 07786 438711 for information.
Looking ahead to September - we will be participating in the Heritage Open Days 9, 10, 11, 17, 17 & 18 September. Look out for further details which will be posted here
, in our Visitor Centre and on our notice board at the castle gates.
We are always looking for volunteers, both on the meet and greet side and for the maintenance of the site. If you are interested please contact us
, or pop along any weekend and we will be more than happy to tell you what is involved.
Thank you to all volunteers and all who support us.
Custodian of Bagot’s Castle