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To complement our monthly meetings, we have enjoyed several outings to places of local interest, for example:

Stoneleigh Abbey

Stoneleigh Abbey

  • Warwick Record Office “behind the scenes”,where we were shown how to access documents relevant to our researches.
  • The RASE Library, which houses nationally important books relating to the history of agriculture.
  • Stoneleigh Abbey for the Repton Landscape – this followed a fascinating lecture given to the Society by Patrick McIlroy, who supervised the restoration of the landscape. We were given a guided tour of the beautiful riverside, and an explanation of the significance of Repton as landscape designer.
  • Bagot’s Castle at Baginton, and church – we were privileged to be guided around the castle site by a local archaelogist who delineated the history of the castle and its excavation. Following this we enjoyed a visit to the lovely church of St John the Baptist.
  • We have also visited the Weaver’s House in Spon Street, Coventry, by guided tour after a talk on its history by Nat Alcock, and in 2015.
  • Arbury Hall, the “Gothick Gem of the Midlands” where we enjoyed guided tours and a super cream tea!
  • the WLHS 50th anniversary party at Stoneleigh Abbey
  •  Merevale Hall, the home of the Dugdales
  •  The Birmingham Back-to-Backs

Magnificent magnolias at Arbury Hall

a visit to Baginton Castle

A visit to Baginton Castle

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