April 2017 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – April 2017 Newsletter


Guide Books

Richard Morris was an inveterate collector of guide books, particularly of places of architectural note. Jenny has so many of them that she is offering them to Members of the Society for free. Tonight you will find another batch. We suggest that you take what you want and perhaps make a donation (monies will be shared between the Harry Sunley Memorial Project and Myton Hospice where both Harry and Richard died). Please – the guides must go!


» Last Meeting: Dr Bob Pryce showed us a remarkable collection of mainly Victorian Stereo Photographs of Warwickshire. These proved to be produced very early in the history of photography. It was interesting to see how many of the classic photographs we have of old Kenilworth proved to be one ‘half’ of these double views. Dr Pryce explained the technology of the process too, and the whole evening proved to be very useful.

» Tonight: Dr Sylvia Pinches will give us an account of Maria Home, housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick.

Maria Home, Housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick
Maria Home, Housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick (Source: Warwick DC)

» Next month: May 8th, Matthew Morris will speak on “Revealing Greyfriars: The Search for Leicester’s lost Franciscan Friary” at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45 at the Senior Citizens’ Club. Subscriptions are now (over)due.

Dates for your diaries: Our July evening ‘walk about’ will take place on Monday 10th July when we will be looking at points of historic interest in the Bridge Street area. More details nearer the time.

Subscriptions are now (over)due.

Our August outing will take place on Saturday 19th August when we will be visiting three very lovely churches – Halford, Tredington and Honington. Directions – meet at Halford Church for at 11am, bring a picnic or visit Halford Bridge Inn for lunch, followed by visit to Tredington and Honnington Churches during the afternoon. Chairman Jan will talk about both Halford and Honnington Churches and donations at each church would of course be much appreciated. At Tredington we will be given a talk/tour by a member of Friends of Tredington Church and Jan will collect a donation of £2 per person for this church before we arrive at Tredington. Parking at all three locations is very very limited so please get together and car share to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. If you would like to come along a ‘signing up’ list is available this evening. Final details and directions will be sent out to everyone participating nearer the date.

» Kenilworth Family History Society Wednesday, 10 May 2017 The Society welcomes local professional family history researcher Jacqui Kirk, who will tell the story of one of her own forebears, Thomas Lodge, who was a Mayor of London in Elizabethan times. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, from 7.30. Nonmembers welcome. Contact 511969.

» Kineton Local History Group: Please see website

» Warwickshire Local History Society: Saturday 13 May 2017 Bidford-on-Avon: a visit led by Prof. Chris Dyer; on the lines of his recent Warwickshire History article, he will explore its mediaeval attempts to develop into a town. Dr Nat Alcock will also comment on vernacular buildings like the Old Falcon, and we will be joined by members of the Bidford and District LHS. Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS: Last meeting before the autumn is the AGM which is for members only

» Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: The next evening lecture held by Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group will be on Wednesday 18th April when Dr Phil Wilby from the British Geological Survey will be talking about the Charnian fossils. We will meet as usual at 7pm for coffee and a 7,30pm start at St Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth. His abstract is printed here:

LIFE JUST GOT COMPLICATED: THE EDIACARAN FOSSILS OF CHARNWOOD FOREST

Life first appeared on Earth at least 3,800 million years ago but, for the great majority of this time, it was dominated by simple microbes. Large, complex organisms only appear at around 580 million years ago, but their position(s) in the tree of life and the trigger for their sudden appearance remain mysterious. Charnwood Forest, near Leicester, hosts the very earliest examples of these enigmatic organisms, and is at the forefront of research into understanding what they were, how they made their living, and how they helped pave the way for the modern world. The fossils form part of diverse communities, killed en masse and buried beneath submarine landslides of volcanic ash. Almost invisible in daylight, their exquisite detail can only easily be studied using laser scanning or silicone rubber moulding techniques. A programme of conservation and long-term monitoring is underway to protect these globally important fossils, including the effects of pollution and lichen-attack.

24th May Outing to Kenilworth Cutting/Finham Gorge. See Website

REPLACEMENT EDITOR STILL NEEDED!

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman – 01926 858090 Website www.khas.co.uk

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March 2017 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – March 2017 Newsletter

Guide Books

Richard Morris was an inveterate collector of guide books, particularly of places of architectural note. Jenny has so many of them that she is offering them to Members of the Society for free. Tonight you will find another batch. We suggest that you take what you want (no fighting!) and make a donation. Monies will be shared between the Harry Sunley Memorial Project and Myton Hospice. Please – they must go!

» Last Meeting: was the AGM. All officers and committee members were (re)elected, and one new committee member, Sue Martin, was elected to take the place of Sue Tyler who had proffered her resignation. After the formal meeting, our Webmaster, Chris Blunt, spoke about “KHAS on the Web”. He surprised us with his account of how popular the site was and how many and what sort of people were accessing it!

» Tonight: Dr Bob Pryce will speak on “Some aspects of Stereo Photography in Warwickshire”

Kenilworth Castle Stereo Photography
Kenilworth Castle Stereo Photography

» Next month: Dr Sylvia Pinches will give us an account of Maria Home, housekeeper to the Earls of Warwick. April 10th, at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45 at the Senior Citizens’ Club.

Subscriptions are now due.

Dates for your diaries: Our July evening ‘walk about’ will take place on Monday 10th July when we will be looking at points of historic interest in the Bridge Street area. More details nearer the time.

Our August outing will take place on Saturday 19th August when we will be visiting three very lovely churches – Halford, Tredington and Honington. More details next month, when those interested will also be able to ‘sign up’.

» Kenilworth Family History Society Wednesday, 12th April. Annual Business Meeting, to be followed by short talks by members on aspects of their family history research. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ, from 7.30. Nonmembers welcome.

» Kineton Local History Group: Please see website

» Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 21 March, 2017 AGM 7.30pm, Dr. Andrew Hopper, Senior lecturer and civil wars expert at Leicester University’s Centre for English Local History, Bereavement and loss in the civil wars in Warwickshire. Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS: 14th March: Professor Mark Jobling: Genetic approaches to the History of the British Isles. 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

» Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Monica Price from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will talk on the Corsi Collection of decorative stones. Wednesday 15th March at S Francis’ Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm

Replacement Editor still needed!

One of the suggestions for a walkabout this year includes spending some time at the Fire Station in School Lane, on the site of the primary school. The Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Brigade served the time admirably over the years. Part of its success was the cameraderie of its members. Cementing that was meeting for a communal meal – as is shown here in the Re-union Dinner of November 1935. It is sobering to think of the situation in Kenilworth just five years later. The table cards for that dinner are shown below.

Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Brigade Re-union Dinner of November 1935 page 1
Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Brigade Re-union Dinner of November 1935 page 1

 

Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Brigade Re-union Dinner of November 1935 page 2
Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Brigade Re-union Dinner of November 1935 page 2

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 Website www.khas.co.uk 

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February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – February 2017 Newsletter

Guide Books

Richard Morris was an inveterate collector of guide books, particularly of places of architectural note. Jenny has so many of them that she is offering them to Members of the Society for free. Tonight you will find the first batch. We suggest that you take what you want (no fighting!) and make a donation. Monies will be shared between the Harry Sunley Memorial Project and Myton Hospice. Please – they must go!

 

» Last Meeting: Gillian White gave us a most thorough biography of Bess of Hardwick. Some of us had no idea how involved her subject was in affairs of state, and how much of a switchback her life had been. A most remarkable lady!

» Tonight: is the AGM. All officers and committee members are to be (re)elected, one new committee member being needed since Sue Tyler has proffered her resignation. Nominations are closed. After the formal meeting, our Webmaster, Chris Blunt, will be speaking about “KHAS on the Web”. He may surprise us all!

» Next month: Dr Bob Pryce will speak on “Some aspects of Stereo Photography in Warwickshire”. At the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45 at the Senior Citizens’ Club.

 

Subscriptions are now due. Please see the Treasurer tonight. There is no increase on last year: £10 single; £15 double.

Kenilworth History 2017 is now available

 

» Kenilworth Family History Society Wednesday, 8th March. Local historian Jan Cooper (of whom you may have heard) will give a talk called ‘War and Worship’ which explores the close relationship between Kenilworth Castle and the Abbey/Priory. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ, from 7.30. Non-members welcome

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 11 March – AGM and Supper (At 7.00pm) in the Village Hall » Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 21 February 2017 The history of the NHS in Warwickshire and the West Midlands Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS: 14th February Buildings, Burials and Bones Lecturer: Vicky Score 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

» Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Dr Gawen Jenkins from the University of Leicester: Can we get metals out of the ground in a “green” sustainable way? Wednesday 15th Feb. At S Francis’ Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm The Society still needs a new Editor, and a compiler of the Newsletter. Please speak to the Chairman if you think you can help.

 

The Society still needs a new Editor, and a compiler of the Newsletter.

Please speak to the Chairman if you think you can help.

Developments in the Town

As you have realised, or you probably wouldn’t be here tonight, history oozes out of Kenilworth’s pores. Whenever the spade goes in the ground, there is the likelihood that something historic will come up with it. It has been the Society’s policy to keep an eye on any sort of development – Members go to trenches to peer in and look for traces of archæology. Sometimes it is very well worth it. A lesson learned long ago was not to leave it to the local professionals, because even after they have given an allclear, something crops up. This happened when the Bronze Age funerary urn was unearthed at 25 Clinton Lane. Fortunately, the archæologists had stayed on-site, and no further damage was done beyond slicing the thing in half.

At the moment, a major rebuild is happening 100 yards away from that site, on the edge of Purlieu Lane. Exploratory trenches were dug but nothing was found, we understand. Consequently the professionals, sadly under extreme pressure these days after severe financial cut-backs, were unable to keep a watching brief. A member of the public, now a member of this Society, had been keeping an eye on things, and took a few photographs of the material being excavated wholesale. One photograph showed what could be a small Stone Age hand axe. Being a conscientious sort, he forbore to ‘rescue’ it. More’s the pity because, on return, it had gone. Someone else recognised it for what it may have been, and now we have lost the opportunity to determine whether occupation of this bit of Kenilworth extends even further back in time than the Bronze Age.

One would like to think that the person who ‘liberated’ the artefact would present it to Warwick Museum for dating and explain it provenance. Fear of being accused of theft may inhibit such an action, but let’s hope a real concern for historical knowledge will overcome that fear. The Society would certainly back anyone who took such an action. We can’t expect contractors’ men to look out for these things. The fact that we have a photograph is at least some sort of consolation. Oh to be able to date it! Think of what the Society contributed in the early 70s to the discovery of an important Mesolithic site at Blacklow Hill. Is the axehead Palæo- , Meso- or Neolithic? Or simply old technology still being used in the first metal age, the Bronze Age?

So, follow in the footsteps of the founders of this (rapidly becoming) august Society, keep your eyes open and be prepared to open your mouths!

 

KHAS Accounts for 2016
KHAS Accounts for 2016

 

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

Website www.khas.co.uk

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January 2017 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – January 2017 Newsletter

» Last Meeting: Before we indulged ourselves in an orgy of food and drink, Chairman Jan pronounced the Siege well and truly commemorated by dotting the ‘I’s and crossing the ‘T’s of the Dictum and the overall settlement. She answered the outstanding questions about where Young Simon got to, and how the country settled back to normal rule. The meeting greatly appreciated her useful and very appropriate resumé.

» Tonight: Gillian White will enlighten us on Bess of Hardwick.

Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, (1518-1608), usually called Bess of Hardwick
Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, (1518-1608), usually called Bess of Hardwick

» Next month, Feb 13th is the AGM. All officers and committee members are to be (re)elected, one new committee member being needed since Sue Tyler has proffered her resignation. Please hand your nomination form, suitably signed, to the Secretary no later than the 25th of this month. After the formal meeting, our Webmaster, Chris Blunt, will speak about “KHAS on the Web”. He may surprise us all! All at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45 at the Senior Citizens’ Club.

»»»» Subscriptions fall due now. Please see the Treasurer as soon as you can. There is no increase on last year: £10 single; £15 double. Kenilworth History 2017 is now with the printers and will be ready for issue next meeting. «««

» Kenilworth Family History Society Wednesday, 8 February. Dr Sarah Richardson, whose previous talk on Warwickshire Women in the Suffrage Movement was a highlight, returns to talk about ‘Crime & Punishment in the 19th Century’, which should be particularly interesting for family historians whose forebears might have had experience of courts and the penal system in the past. Contact 511969. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ, from 7.30. Non-members welcome

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 20th January – Banbury during the first Civil War 1642 – 1646  by Gregg Arthur   7.30 in the Village Hall

» Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 21 February 2017 The history of the NHS in Warwickshire and the West Midlands Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS: 14th February Buildings, Burials and Bones Lecturer: Vicky Score 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

» Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Wednesday 18th January, meeting at 7pm for coffee before a 7.30pm start. The speaker will be Dr Ralf Gertisser from Keele University on The Volcano that changed the world; Tambora and the great eruption in 1815

» Solihull Ancient History Club in association with Millennium Tours have arranged a 5 day tour of some of the outstanding French early Gothic churches from 14 to 18 June. The leader is Simon Monckton an eminent and entertaining specialist on medieval architectural history. Flights from Birmingham and coach travel throughout. Full details from Janet Ainsworth, moc.s1493066935ulp.h1493066935trows1493066935niate1493066935naj@l1493066935iam1493066935, Tel 01926748140.

» Next year’s programme can be found on the Website here and will be in Kenilworth History 2017 when you get it.

The Society still needs a new Editor, and a compiler of the Newsletter. Please speak to the Chairman if you think you can help.

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 Website www.khas.co.uk

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December 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – December 2016 Newsletter

» Last Meeting: We learnt a lot about the strange adventures of Bertie Greatheed from Anne Langley. The tale was almost bizarre: an object lesson in the value of keeping a diary!

Bertie Greatheed by John Jackson, 1821
Bertie Greatheed by John Jackson, 1821

» Tonight: Anything could happen, although we are assured that our Chairman will have the last word to say on the Siege that we have been commemorating this year.

» Next month (and Year), Jan 9th: Gillian White will enlighten us on Bess of Hardwick. All at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45 at the Senior Citizens’ Club.

» Sue Tyler who has been Committee member for the last three years is finding family commitments are making her unable to continue. Consequently, there will be an election at the AGM in February. Please let the Secretary have the name (and permission) of someone you would like to see proposed as her successor. Nomination forms available.

» Kenilworth Family History Society Wednesday 11th January: The very popular Dr Rebecca Probert, an expert on the history of marriage law, will give a talk titled ‘Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved?’ The talk deals with marital breakdown, separation, widowhood, and remarriage, from 1600 to the 1970s, and is likely to be illustrated with case studies and stories. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ, from 7.30. Non-members welcome

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 20th January – Banbury during the first Civil War 1642 – 1646  by Gregg Arthur   7.30 in the Village Hall

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 21 February 2017 The history of the NHS in Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS 10th January: Rediscovering the Icknield Way: New insights from excavations at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire  Lecturer: Mathew Morris 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

But now it’s almost Christmas and we wish all our members a peaceful and happy one!!

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 Chairman's Email Website www.khas.co.uk

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November 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – November 2016 Newsletter

» Last Meeting: Alan Godfrey spoke about Kinwarton – the ‘pint-pot parish’. He amazed us at just how much history can be squeezed our of such small area, only 470 acres!

» Tonight: Anne Langley is asking us to join her on a grand tour of Europe in the company of Bertie Greatheed.

Bertie Geatheed by John Jackson, 1821
Bertie Geatheed by John Jackson, 1821

» Next month, Dec 12th: is the ‘Seasonal’ meeting with appropriate refreshments and a short talk from Jan Cooper about the end of the Siege, and what came after. At the usual 7.30 for 7.45

» Kenilworth Family History Society 14th Dec: Members’ Meeting + Christmas refreshments. Activities to be arranged Meeting 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club.

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 20th January – Banbury during the first Civil War 1642 – 1646  by Gregg Arthur   7.30 in the Village Hall

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 15th November 2016 Paula McBride, Magic and Witchcraft in Warwickshire. Start at 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» CADAS 10th January: Rediscovering the Icknield Way: New insights from excavations at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire   Lecturer: Mathew Morris 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

» Kenilworth Civic Society 15th Nov Roger Cragg: Elan Valley Aqueduct. At the Senior Citizens’ Club at 7.30pm. Also 9th Dec: Christmas Party at the Cottage Inn, Stoneleigh Road 6.30

» A reminder that your Editor has given notice that Kenilworth History 2017 will be his last. The Society therefore needs a new Editor. The production of this Newsletter falls to him/her as well, unless someone will undertake it separately.

» Other events are added verbatim to this Newsletter. It would be useful if members would indicate to the Editor if this sort of information is useful, or whether a link to the organisations on the website would suffice.

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;

Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 moc.1493066935liamt1493066935oh@sn1493066935evets1493066935ron1493066935

Website www.khas.co.uk

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October 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – October 2016 Newsletter

» Last Meeting: Dr Nick Humphris gave a detailed account the archæology of Chedworth Roman Villa, particularly where the recent work has been done. Very likely that there will be members who heard the talk making the trip south to see for themselves.

» Tonight: Alan Godfrey speaks about Kinwarton – a ‘pint-pot parish’.

St Mary the Virgin, Kinwarton
St Mary the Virgin, Kinwarton

» Next month: Anne Langley will be asking us to join her on a grand tour of Europe, though we shall need the time machine to take us back to the 18th Century and the company of Bertie Greatheed. This will be on 14th November at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45pm

» Kenilworth Family History Society 12th October Adrian de Redman A Brief introduction to English Heraldry Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club.

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 21 October – World War 1 at Scapa Flow: Extracts from my Grandfather’s Diary 7.30 in the Village Hall

» Warwickshire Local History Society Saturday 17 September 2016 A ‘mystery’ history tour of Harbury village, followed by the usual tea

» CADAS 11th October: Preliminary results of excavations of a prehistoric cemetery and settlement at Wolston Quarry 2015 : Simon Markus 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry

» Kenilworth Civic Society 18th Oct: Sheila Woolf – ‘Travels with the Leighs’. At the Senior Citizens’ Club at 7.30

» A series of free talks on “Historic Kenilworth” at the Library: Monday 31st October 7pm – Jan Cooper speaking on “War & Worship: Castle & Church”

» Your Editor has given notice that Kenilworth History 2017 will be his last. The Society therefore needs a new Editor. The production of this Newsletter falls to him/her as well.

» Other events are added verbatim to this Newsletter. It would be useful if members would indicate to the Editor if this sort of information is useful, or whether a link to the organisations on the website would suffice.

» The Committee is looking at the possibility (only, at this stage) of producing a 3-D model of at least the Abbey as it was at the Dissolution. If anyone has connections with someone who knows about the practicalities and costs of casting in bronze, please contact the Chairman. The value of this is that visually impaired people will be able to understand more clearly the layout and extent of the buildings.

Articles, please, to the Editor, as soon as possible.

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;

Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 *protected email*

Website www.khas.co.uk

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September 2016 Newsletter

 

» Last Meeting:  A special private meeting in the Castle, starting in the Gatehouse,  to  commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Great Siege of Kenilworth.  This  was a  talk and tour by Chairman Jan on 25th July.  It was well-attended and much  enjoyed  by the capacity turn-out.

Castle Tour
The special private talk and tour in the Castle by Chairman Jan on 25th July.

 » Tonight: Dr Nick Humphris speaks about the archæology of Chedworth Roman  Villa, where a lot of work has been done recently to discover more.

» Next month: Alan Godfrey speaks about Kinwarton, which he describes as a  ‘pint pot parish’.  This is on 10th October at the usual time of 7.30 for 7.45pm

» Kenilworth Family History Society  Meetings 7.30 at  Senior Citizens’ Club.  14 September Carol Ewing, staff  member  at Herbert Gallery: The Herbert Archive of Family and Local History

» Kineton Local History Group: Friday 16 September – A Cruise down the Coventry and Oxford Canals 50 Years Ago Roger Butler  7.30 in the Village Hall

» Warwickshire Local History Society   Saturday 17 September 2016 –  A ‘mystery’ history tour of Harbury village, followed by the usual tea

» CADAS 13th September: The Margaret Rylatt Memorial Lecture: Revealing Grey  Friars: The archaeology of Leicester’s lost Franciscan Friary Lecturer:  Mathew Morris 7.30pm at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street,  Coventry

» Kenilworth Civic Society 18th Oct:  Sheila Wolfe – ‘Travels with the Leighs’. At  the Senior Citizens’ Club at 7.30

» A series of free talks on “Historic Kenilworth” at the Library: Tuesday 20th  September 7pm – Susan Tall speaking on “Kenilworth a hundred years ago”

»  A new Archivist has materialised in the shape of Derek Boyce, former Archivist  of  Jaguar Cars and long-standing member of this Society.

» Your Editor has given notice that Kenilworth History 2017 will be his last.  The  Society  therefore needs a new Editor.  The production of this Newsletter falls  to him/her  as well.

» Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group – Wednesday 21st September at St  Francis Church Hall, Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL (the usual venue), meeting  at 7pm for coffee and a 7.30pm start.  We will have two speakers giving shorter talks covering topics relating to the village of Martley, Worcestershire.  John Nicklin is a founding member of the Teme Valley Geological Society (TVGS).  He is not a professional geologist, but a great ambassador for the subject.  He will speak about how and why TVGS was formed and their inspirational achievements.  Bill Barclay, a professional geologist, worked for the British Geological Survey prior to retirement (and he is still very busy with fieldwork here and abroad). He has worked with TVGS for several years on researching a small but important site in the village, located on the East Malvern Fault.  Bill will tell us about this work and the findings so far.

» Warwick Words (bookshop in Warwick) will be presenting a History Festival in Warwick from 3-9th October.  They will be celebrating historical writing – fact and fiction, including meeting and discussion with authors, talks, workshops, etc.

On the 8th there will be a History Fair in Warwick Friends’ Meeting House from 10am to 2pm where local history societies have the opportunity to promote their work.  This is a free event open to the general public and will be held at the Friends Meeting House in Warwick. Chairman Jan and Committee Member Sue Tyler intend to represent KHAS but would be grateful if anyone else would be willing to come along and help part of the time.  Please see Jan this evening if you would like to be involved.

» Other events are added verbatim to this Newsletter.  It would be useful if members would indicate to the Editor if this sort of information is useful, or whether a link to the organisations on the website would suffice.

» The Editor of the Leamington Courier Group has given the Society all the bound volumes of the Kenilworth Weekly News from inception to date for its archives.  The Society has expressed its appreciation for this kind gesture.  Now they will stay in Kenilworth and be accessible.  Please ask the Archivist for access.

» The new edition of Pevsner’s was published on the 28th of June.  Your Editor was kindly invited to the launch at the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth (worth a visit if you can get there).  Kenilworth enjoys no less than twenty pages, compared with the first edition which had eight!  It is now, in comparison, sumptuous, as it maintains as a description of S. Nicholas’ West Door!  Copies available from Kenilworth Bookshop. £35

» The Committee is looking at the possibility (only, at this stage) of producing a 3-D model of at least the Abbey as it was at the Dissolution.  If anyone has connections with someone who knows about the practicalities and costs of casting in bronze, please contact the Chairman. The value of this is that visually impaired people will be able to understand more clearly the layout and extent of the buildings.

Kenilworth History 2017 Articles, please, to the Editor, as soon as possible.

Contacts:  Chairman – 01676 532654;  Secretary – 01926 858670;  Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 

Website www.khas.co.uk


VERONICA PATCHETT

It is with great regret that we have to report the untimely death of Veronica during our Summer recess.  Always an active member and with a ready smile on her lips, she will be much missed.  We extend our sympathy to her grieving family

 


 

Portcullis History Courses

DATE & TIME VENUE COURSE TITLE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Saturday October 22nd
10.00 – 4.00
Tythe Barn, Polesworth Lords, lands and people: medieval Polesworth Polesworth provides a fascinating opportunity to examine a complex medieval community, and the interaction of lords, land and people, a prominent feature of which was the modest Benedictine abbey that was claimed as the ‘resting place’ of an Anglo-Saxon royal saint. What was the character of medieval Polesworth and its communities? What can be reconstructed of the patterns of lordship; of the nature of the landscape and its exploitation; of how its inhabitants made their livings and lived alongside each other; and what role did the abbey play?
These questions will form the basis of a day aimed at creating impressions of medieval Polesworth – its buildings, landscape, settlement and people.
Tuesday October 25th on
October 25th; November 1st, 8th,
15th, 22nd, and 29th.
2.00 – 4.00
Ansley Church Hall People and Places:
reconstructing medieval
communities
The focus of this course will be to introduce some of the ways in which we might reconstruct medieval communities, particularly in the period between the late twelfth and early fifteenth centuries. We will discuss approaches to the reconstruction of these communities within local society, identifying the key themes that might provide a framework for such reconstructions, together with the principal sources that may be used, considering their character, potential and limitations. The course will draw upon a series of case studies and examples, mostly from across Warwickshire, to illustrate these approaches ‘in action’ and demonstrate what impressions can be developed of life in medieval communities.
Saturday November 5th
10.00 – 2.30
Berkswell, Jordan Room Patrons, Fiefs and Fonts: the Twelfth Century Herefordshire
School of Sculpture
The Herefordshire School of Sculpture, whose works may be found across the west midland region, was one of the most exuberant of the regional styles to emerge in English Romanesque art. It coincided with one of the most turbulent periods in English history of the century, the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, and the subsequent accession to the throne of Henry II. This study day will introduce the range and nature of the sculpture within the School and its setting, and will in particular explore the iconography of the surviving schemes, their probable patronage, and the context of this sculpture within local society.

Contact Portcullis History C/O 11 Hardy Close, Galley Common, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV10 9SG for more information. Regrettably, the brochures we have show neither a telephone number or a website


WARWICKSHIRE LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

www.warwickshirehistory.org.uk

Affiliated to The British Association for Local History

Registered Charity No. 511528

WLHS 3rd ‘UMBRELLA’ CONFERENCE, 12 NOVEMBER 2016

LOCAL and ONLINE – the internet and local history groups

April 2016 Dear Local History Colleague

As the ‘Umbrella’ local history society for Warwickshire we have held two conferences for all the local history societies in the county.   At the first conference we asked the societies what they wanted from us, and at the second we addressed such issues as copyright, the preparation of a rolling events diary, lists of speakers, topics, outings and publications, as well as links to those societies who have their own website.

On 12 November 2016 we propose to hold our third conference on the theme of LOCAL and ONLINE – the Internet and local history groups. The main aim for the day is to enable members of local history societies to learn about how the Internet and how online sources can be used for both publicity and research.   It is not to learn basic computer skills:  general familiarity will be assumed.   We will be welcoming speakers who have experience in setting up and using websites, and inviting local societies to show us what they have achieved so far, and to discuss some of the pitfalls.

We have been fortunate to secure the Pyne Room at Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP. This has the state-of-the-art internet facilities with ample free parking within easy access.   The day will begin at 10.00am and end at 4 pm.   The booking fee of £20 includes parking, coffee on arrival and a buffet lunch with tea or coffee.   This is an inclusive package to conform to the requirements of the venue;  opt-outs are not available.   Room will be available for local societies to bring a small selection of their publications for sale. A more detailed programme and booking form will be sent out in the summer.   Numbers will be limited, so to ensure that places are reserved for you and your members, you are urged to book up as soon as possible, either by E mail or by completing the attached form.   Please save the day in your diaries now, and discuss it with your membership.

Best wishes,

John Bland

John Bland, Chairman, WLHS

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June 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY

June 2016 Newsletter

» Last Month: Dr Richard Buckley of Leicester University, who has been the lead figure in the whole of the “Richard III Project” from its outset, gave a very lively account of all the preparation and actual work that went into establishing that the skeleton found in the famous Leicester car park was, without doubt, Richard’s. It was a humble presentation, and the audience came close to applauding his admissions of scepticism. A really good evening!

» Tonight: We are pleased to welcome David Snowden of our associated Society at Evesham who is offering – “Riding the tiger”: the Life and Death of Simon de Montfort. Expect an excellent evening.

The de Montfort Colours
A depiction of the de Montfort colours, with a backdrop of the ruins of Kenilworth Castle.

» Next month there will be a special KHAS meeting to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Great Siege of Kenilworth. This meeting will be held on Monday 25th July at Kenilworth Castle. Chairman Jan will be giving you further details this evening. This is a members’ only meeting and is currently fully subscribed.

» Next indoor meeting: 12th September. Dr Nick Humphris will speak about the archæology of Chedworth Roman Villa, where a lot of work has been done recently to discover more.

» Kenilworth Civic Society: 21st June Daniel Dalton, MEP talking on the role of the MEP. 7.30, Senior Citizens’ Club

» Kenilworth Family History Society Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club. 13 July Dr Colin Chapman + summer refreshments “The Ecclesiastical Courts: Sin, Sex and Probate”.

» Warwickshire Local History Society Saturday 9 July 2016. A visit to Radway to see the new Edgehill Exhibition at St Peter’s Church, a tour of Radway followed by tea.

» Warwickshire Industrial Archæology Society: WIAS OUTING! An extra visit for WIAS members has been arranged by Alain Foote on Friday 8th July to the “Cementing Relations with Southam” exhibition in Southam followed by a site visit to examine the remains uncovered during the excavations at Nelson’s Wharf, Stockton. This will be followed by lunch at a nearby pub for those interested. The visit starts at 10:00 a.m at Southam Heritage Collection in Vivian House, Southam. The visit will be led by John Frearson. Anyone interested in joining this visit should contact Alain Foote on ten.o1493066935cset@1493066935etoof1493066935.nial1493066935a1493066935.

» A vigil at St Nicholas’ Church, Kenilworth followed by prayers for those who sacrificed their lives and limbs on both sides of the conflict at the Battle of the Somme in World War I. It will commence at 4.30am (sic) on Friday 1 July and finish at 7.30am. Those were the times that the British and allied soldiers mustered in the forward trenches, before they went “over the top”. You are invited to attend for all or part of those times.

» Making ‘The Barn Museum and Heritage Centre’ accessible to the public. Recent appeals for Members’ help bore some fruit, but there is still a need for more. Please contact Michael Formstone on *protected email* or Margaret Kane on 864624, and give just two hours a year!

» We need a new Archivist – can anyone help?

» We need someone to help the Vice-chairman with editing, and publication production. Please contact him – he hopes to be at this meeting later.

» Warwick Words (bookshop in Warwick) will be presenting a History Festival in Warwick from 3-9 October. They will be celebrating historical writing – fact and fiction, including meeting and discussion with authors, talks, workshops, etc. As part of this, on the 8th there will be a History Fair from 10 am to 2 pm where local history societies have the opportunity to promote their work. This is a free event open to the general public and will be held at the Friends Meeting House in Warwick. Chairman Jan and Committee Member Sue intend to represent KHAS but would be grateful if anyone else would be willing to come along and help part of the time. Please see Jan this evening if you would like to be involved.

» At the moment Kenilworth is concentrating on Simon de Montfort and his family connections with the town. If you would like to know more about another of Kenilworth’s famous historical residents – John of Gaunt – Chairman Jan will be giving a talk, “John of Gaunt – Power & Passion”, for Kenilworth U3A on Thursday 16th June at 2.30pm. Venue: Methodist Church, Priory Road. Non-members are welcome to attend.

» The Editor of the Leamington Courier Group has offered the Society all the bound volumes of the Kenilworth Weekly News from inception to date for its archives. The Society is, we are sure, extremely grateful for this, as otherwise they would have gone into store anywhere in the country where the parent company had room. Now they will stay in Kenilworth and be accessible. Does anyone have a 6 foot steel cupboard to join the one already in the ‘Barn’ so that we can safely store them?

» The new edition of Pevsner’s Warwickshire is published on the 28th of this month. Copies available from Kenilworth Bookshop. £35

Contacts:  Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;

Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

Website www.khas.co.uk

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KHAS meeting on Monday June 13th

Dear KHAS Member,

Just to remind you that there will be a KHAS meeting on Monday June 13th at 7.45pm, in the Senior Citizens’ Club accessible from the Abbey End car park.

David Snowden, of the Simon de Montfort Society, will be speaking to us on “Riding the Tiger: the Life and Death of Simon de Montfort”.

Battle of Evesham
13th-century cloth depiction of the mutilation of de Montfort’s body after the Battle of Evesham.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Best regards,


Geoff Whiteman
Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)
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May 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – May 2016 Newsletter

» Last Month: Last month Roy Smart gave us an entertaining account of the colourful life of The Last Naval Hero: David, 1st Earl Beatty, in which he incorporated a musical interlude and finale. In contrast, Roy’s statistics concerning the number of British ships and British lives lost at the Battle of Jutland brought a very sobering note to the proceedings.
» Tonight: We are privileged to welcome Dr Richard Buckley of Leicester University who has been a lead figure in the whole of the “Richard III Project”, from its earliest days.
» Next month June 13th: David Snowden of our associated Society at Evesham is offering – “Riding the tiger”: the Life and Death of Simon de Montfort. Expect an excellent evening.
» Kenilworth Civic Society AGM followed by Paul Garrison who will give details of the events planned to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the Great Siege. 7.30 pm Tuesday 17th May, Senior Citizens’ Club. www.thekenilworthsociety.co.uk/The_Kenilworth_Society/Kenilworth_Civic_Society_Home_Page.html
» Kenilworth Family History Society Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club. 11 May Mike Sharpe: Writing Your Family History. 8 June Members’ outing: Visit to Warwick Yeomanry Museum www.facebook.com/KenilworthFamilyHistorySociety
» Warwickshire Local History Society. May 14th: Visit to Farnborough Hall and Grounds, led by Stephen Was. Saturday 11 June 2016 A visit to Southam including the fabulous Heritage Collection, a walk around the town, a look at the latest history exhibition and tea. www.warwickshirehistory.org.uk/
» Warwickshire Industrial Archæology Society: 12th May Anthony Coulls on The London Water and Steam Museum Pyne Room (Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick) 7.30  www.warwickshireias.org/


Important:

Your Society is privileged to send a representative to Warwick District Council’s Planning Forum. In the past this has been your Vice-Chairman, but now, without personal transport, he is finding the evening meetings in the Town Hall too arduous. The Society is therefore looking for a member to take his place, so that our concerns regarding Kenilworth’s historic environment may be expressed when necessary. One is rarely required to contribute, but there are occasions when it is vital to make a point – it’s important that we are there to do that. Volunteers, please, to the Chairman as soon as possible.


Making ‘The Barn Museum and Heritage Centre’ accessible to the public.

Last month’s appeal for Members’ help bore some fruit, but there is still a need for more. Please contact Michael Formstone or Margaret Kane on 864624, and give just two hours a year! If the weather stays like this, you’ll be grateful for a comfortable environment in which to spend your Sunday afternoon!


Website and Useful Links

It’s good to report that our own Website is attracting a lot of visitors, some of them being directed there from social sites. We are, hopefully, broadening our appeal as people become aware of us. It seems appropriate, then, to draw Members’ attention to other websites that may help their researches, or feed their interests.

  • A recently overhauled website that is certainly going to have a lot of interest is that of the Museum of London. It gets a five star rating in a leading magazine, and is described as “gorgeous”! Try www.museumoflondon.org.uk You can actually browse through the galleries (as you can now with the BM).
  • Historic England (a hived-off part of English Heritage) has a huge archive. This is what you do: Visit HistoricEngland.org.uk/archive. Choose “Advanced Search”. Choose
    a “County/Unitary Authority”, and narrow the search to a parish. If you only want to see results with images, tick the “only records with online images” or you’ll get a
    string of references. If you want the references, of course, don’t tick the box!

A message from the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum: “Please find below links to our events for the Summer Term which may be of interest to your members. We have a range of courses including a real archaeological dig at the Lunt Roman Fort, Egyptian Mummies, Practical Art Workshops, Degas and performance in Art and Women’s
Costume of the Early 19th Century.” http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions


The Secretary reports: I’ve been contacted by Andante Tours, wishing to draw our attention to the range of tours they offer on historical themes. Details are available at: www.andantetravels.com and www.historicaltrips.com (Ed: tempted to ask if you travel in an Allegro: you would get there more quickly, perhaps!)


Contacts:

Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655; Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090
Website www.khas.co.uk

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KHAS April Newsletter – Additional Items

Dear KHAS Member,

It has been decided to reinstate the circulation of the monthly Newsletter by email for those who require it. As mentioned previously, it is available each month on the KHAS website at www.khas.co.uk/category/news-letter/. If you would prefer not to receive the Newsletter by email, please can you let me know. (You will of course, continue to receive all other notifications via email in the normal way).

This month there are two additional items that we have been asked to bring to your attention.

>> A concert is being held at Stoneleigh Church at 7.30pm on Saturday May 7th, featuring the Warwick-based choir “Immanuel’s Ground” (flyer attached). Tickets need to be obtained in advance.

Scanned poster for IGQ Stoneleigh
Scanned poster for IGQ Stoneleigh (click to enlarge)

>> Chris Holland will be speaking to Kenilworth Civic Society on Tuesday April 19th about “The Story behind the Monument”. Again, full details appear on the attached flyer: Chris Holland 19th April 2016

Best regards,

Geoff Whiteman

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April 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – April 2016 Newsletter

» Last Month: We were unexpectedly privileged to welcome Julie Crawshaw, the Project Manager, no less, for the “New Place Project” which operates under the aegis of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. She gave an animated and comprehensive account of the work being done in Stratford, and inspired many of us to get there to see the results.

» Tonight: Roy Smart will give an account of the career of the First Earl Beatty, under the title of “The Last Naval Hero”.

» Next month May 9th: A not-to-be-missed visit from Dr Richard Buckley of Leicester University who has been a lead figure in the whole of the “Richard III Project”, from its earliest days.

CHANGE TO JULY PROGRAMME

Unfortunately, the Mayor wants the use of the Castle on the date we had arranged for our Siege-based visit in July, so we have moved the event to the 25th July. Because this is so late in the summer, the August outing has been abandoned. There will be major ‘Siege’ events over the last weekend in August as well.

This is a ‘Members Only’ meeting. Please will those wishing to join the party see www.khas.co.uk/join-khas/

QUESTIONNAIRE

Last month, Members were handed a Questionnaire. Its purpose is to establish the resources the Society has to hand in the abilities and inclinations of the Membership.

This was done in the past (eg, 1965) when membership was much smaller, and even then the Society was well-known for the amount of work it did. With the current membership level, it may be that we could do more if we marshalled all our forces.

It is intended that members remain anonymous, but there is no obligation to hide you lamp under a bushel, if you would like to declare your hand. The way it will work otherwise is that when a particular expertise is needed, that need will be advertised through the monthly Newsletter, and therefore on the Website. That will be the time to put yourself forward, but only if you want to. What we are trying to avoid is making anyone feel pressured; if you want just to sit back and enjoy the meetings, then the Committee will be just as happy!

Anyone who didn’t receive a copy, please take one from the table at the door, and those who have completed theirs from last month, please leave it on the table.

» Kenilworth Family History Society: 13 April AGM + Members’ evening Short talks by members. Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club. 11 May Mike Sharpe Writing Your Family History

» Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 19th April, Richard Dace, “The Earls of Warwick in the 12th century” in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX, 7.30 for 8pm

» Warwickshire Geology: 20 April : Luke Swain CGeol FGS. Senior Asset Engineer (Geotechnics) – Network Rail: The Harbury landslip. All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start

» CADAS: 12th April “The Infancy of the Alphabet” Lecturer: Professor Alan Millard 10th May AGM. All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

Some of us enjoy the privilege of conducting members of other Societies around the Castle and the Abbey Ruins. When we are in the Ruins, we open the “Barn Museum and Heritage Centre” for the visitors to see what we have on offer. We are always delighted to hear the very favourable – indeed, often envious – comments when they see what we have on offer. “If only we had somewhere like this!” they say.

Well, we do have ‘The Barn’. We want as many people as possible to see it. But we can manage only two measly hours a week in the middle of the year for them to enjoy what we have. OK, it’s too cold in the winter and there aren’t many people around anyway. But in the summer . . . . . ?

The only way we can have the place open is by members being prepared to be there and look after it while it’s open. The number of members prepared to help in this is, frankly, pathetic. It isn’t as if they have to have the complete history of the site at their fingertips – they are rarely asked deep questions. It’s just simply to have people there who can smile a welcome and point questioners to the person who can answer the question (there’s always somewhere there from the Committee).

If the truth be told, volunteers actually enjoy being there – it’s fun meeting interested people – but we desperately need more volunteers. It can’t be left to a handful – it’s not fair. See Margaret Kane (864624) or Michael Formstone (777614) tonight, or ring them, and tell them you’d love to help – when can I come?!

The Secretary reports: I’ve been contacted by Andante tours, wishing to draw our attention to the range of tours they offer on historical themes. Details are available at: www.andantetravels.com and www.historicaltrips.com

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;

Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

Website www.khas.co.uk

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March 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – March 2016 Newsletter

» Last month at the AGM, Phil Stock was elected to the Committee in lieu of Barbara Platten, who had resigned. No other changes were made. The Treasurer presented the accounts, to the satisfaction of the membership. The Chairman made a few points, but left the tenor of her view of the year to her Report published inKenilworth History 2016 which was made available to subscribing members.

The AGM was short, and we were able to enjoy an excellent illustrated talk by Tom Garner on what had been entitled “The History of Photography”, but was actually much more “History through Photography”. It was clear from the comments from the floor afterwards that many of us had no idea just how early significant events in world history since the mid 19th century had been recorded in photographs. The talk was very much appreciated.

» Tonight Nic Fulcher will give an account of the “New Place Project” under the aegis of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, standing in for Kate Christmas.

» Next month April 11th Roy Smart will give an account of the career of the First Earl Beatty, under the title of “The Last Naval Hero”.

CHANGE TO JULY PROGRAMME

Unfortunately, the Mayor wants the use of the Castle on the date we had arranged for our visit in July, so we have moved the event to the 25th July. Because this is so late in the summer, the August outing has been abandoned. There will be major ‘Siege’ events over the last weekend in August as well.

At the first Committee meeting after the AGM, the Committee unanimously coopted Christ Blunt, our Webmaster, to its ranks. It is clear that the Committee needs to work closely with him in order to utilise this new and invaluable service to the best interests of the Society.

This evening, Members will be handed a Questionnaire. The purpose is to establish the resources the Society has to hand in the abilities and inclinations of the Membership. This has been done in the past (eg, 1965) when membership was much smaller, and even then the Society was well-known for the amount of work it did. With the current membership level, it may be that we could do more if we marshalled all our forces.

It is intended that members remain anonymous, but there is no obligation to hide you lamp under a bushel, if you would like to declare your hand. The way it will work otherwise is that when a particular expertise is needed, that need will be advertised through the monthly Newsletter, and therefore on the Website. That will be the time to put yourself forward, but only if you want to. What we are trying to  avoid is making anyone feel pressured; if you want just to sit back and enjoy the meetings, then the Committee will be just as happy!

» Kenilworth Family History Society 13 April AGM + Members’ evening Short talks by members. Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club.

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 15 March 2016 AGM 7.15pm NB, followed by Dr Maureen Harris, ‘The “debauched” parson and the “wit-already-expired-rogue”: Warwickshire parish politics, 1660-1720’ in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Warwickshire Geology: All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start. 16 March: Prof Sarah Davies (Leicester): Rivers, lakes, swamps and seas: exploring an early Carboniferous environment.

» CADAS: 9th February Title: Hoards, Hounds and Helmets: The story of the Hallaton Treasure Lecturer: Vicky Score. 12th April “The Infancy of the Alphabet” Lecturer: Professor Alan Millard. All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

» The Magazine recycling centre seems to have fallen into abeyance. The object was that Members should take copies of magazines, read them, & bring them back for others. It looks as though they are disappearing into private collections!!

» Another, different, miscellany of guide books of various dates to places all over the country is available for sale at the back of the room 5p each to the Society’s funds.

Contacts:

Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;

Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

Website www.khas.co.uk

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February 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY

February 2016 Newsletter

» Last month Dr Nat Alcock in his talk about The Mediæval Peasant House in the Midlands surprised us all as he revealed just how many of these buildings still exist around the country, and how many we have nearby. We are all looking more closely at timber-framed houses now.

» Tonight The AGM, followed by Tom Garner on the History of Photography

» Next month March 14th Kate Christmas will give an account of the “New Place Project” under the aegis of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

» Kenilworth Family History Society 10th February Julie Crawshaw Shakespeare’s New Place: “The House Wherein I Dwell”. 9th March – Paul Handford: Women Ambulance Drivers on the Belgian and French Front in WW1. Meetings 7.30 at Senior Citizens’ Club.

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 16 February: Dr Kat Iles, ‘The Birmingham Assay Office’; 8pm Tuesday 15 March 2016 AGM 7.15pm NB, followed by Dr Maureen Harris, ‘The “debauched” parson and the “wit-already-expired-rogue”: Warwickshire parish politics, 1660-1720’ 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 19 February – Richard III and his rediscovery in Leicester – Richard Buckley All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start 17 February Dr Paul Olver (Hereford & Worcester EHT) ‘Minerals, Magmas & Man’

» CADAS: 9th February Title: Hoards, Hounds and Helmets: The story of the Hallaton Treasure Lecturer: Vicky Score 12th April “The Infancy of the Alphabet” Lecturer: Professor Alan Millard All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

» Another, different miscellany of guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

What’s Under Your Feet?
A galaxy of rocks, fossils and minerals comes to Kenilworth on Saturday 20 February at the Senior Citizens’ Club 10am until 3pm. Come and see Stunning specimens; Great displays; Learn something about how our Earth has evolved Why is the Warwickshire landscape like it is? Rocks under the microscope; Meet a Geologist & ….. have your rocks, fossils & minerals identified!

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum wishes to draw our attention to its Spring Programme.
Please contact: http://www.theherbert.org/learning/adultcourses/seasons/spring-courses-2016


For the Record

The Ford ran on Sunday 7th February. A police car answering an early emergency call negotiated Castle Road and was brought to a halt by the flood. It reversed and went round the Fields to rejoin the road at the bottom of Castle Hill and continued on its way. The driver had not ignored the warning lights: they had failed to come on! It was comforting to see the trusty old red “Road Closed” and “Flood” signs back in position later in the day.


Contacts:

Chairman – 01676 532654;
Secretary – 01926 858670;
Treasurer – 01926 852655;
Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090
Website www.khas.co.uk


Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society

Held on Monday 9th February 2015 at 7.45pm in the Senior Citizens’ Club, Kenilworth. The meeting was chaired by the Society’s Chairman, Jan Cooper

  1. Apologies: Apologies were received from Helen Scott, David and Carol Parker, Geoff Hilton and Roy and Jackie Shearing.
  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Monday 10th February 2014: Members each had a printed copy, and, with one typographical correction, the Minutes were adopted by the meeting and signed by the Chairman.
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes: No matters were raised.
  4. Chairman’s Report: The Chairman referred members to her full report in Kenilworth History 2015. She spoke of the need to increase public awareness of the Abbey and the Barn Museum, so that visitors would realise that Kenilworth had other interesting attractions besides the Castle. Two open walks, advertised locally last year, had each attracted over 30 people, and there had also been three specially arranged tours for groups. The Barn would be re-opening on April 5th 2015, and work would be continuing prior to that date on the refurbishment upstairs. Afternoon volunteers would be needed to staff the Barn on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the summer, and all members were urged to help if possible so that the responsibility did not fall on just a few people.
  5. Treasurer’s Report: Members each had a printed copy of the audited accounts for the year ended 30th November 2014. The Treasurer pointed out that the accounts may appear ‘distorted’ by approximately £5,000 of money which was specifically for Barn refurbishment. He reported also that KHAS had assisted two local organisations by allowing grants that they had been awarded to be channelled through the KHAS bank account. The apparent surplus of £146.91 had been subsequently reduced by a late cheque in the sum of £140 for printing costs, so that we had ended up breaking even for the year. Donations at the Barn were up on the previous year, and ‘Other donations’ arising partly from walks and talks were also higher than the year before. It was proposed to keep subscriptions for 2015 at the same level as previously. The Accounts were formally adopted on a proposal from Betty Sunley, seconded by Cynthia Crick.
  6. Election of Officers: All of the present officers and committee members had indicated their willingness to serve for a further term, and no other nominations had been received by the closing date of 31st January. It was therefore moved that the Committee should continue as at present, on a proposal by Steven Wallsgrove, seconded by Michael Formstone. The Committee for 2015 is as follows: – Chairman – Jan Cooper
     – Vice-Chairman – Norman Stevens
     – Treasurer – Anthony Manning
     – Secretary – Geoff Whiteman
     – Committee Members – Margaret Kane, Barbara Platten, Susan Tyler
  7. Date of the next AGM: The next AGM will be held on Monday, 8th February 2016
  8. Any Other Business:

    Archivist: the Chairman referred to the vacancy advertised in the February Newsletter for an Archivist. All of the KHAS material formerly
    stored in the Library had been transferred to the Barn at short notice, and  although the existing holdings were well-documented, there was a need for someone to deal with and record new donations.Harry Sunley Memorial Project: the death of Richard Morris had dealt a sad blow to this project, but all those involved in it were determined to see it through. The KHAS Committee proposed to pledge a sum of £500 to the project, to be ‘called off’ as and when required, and to be reviewed on an annual basis. The suggestion was adopted on a proposal by Sylvia Wilde, seconded by Celia Rickers.Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee: the two KHAS representatives on the Committee were currently David Brock and Norman Stevens. Norman had expressed the wish to stand down, and Philip Stock had agreed to become our second representative in his place.

    Barn Liaison Officer: Ian Fenwick, actively working on the Barn refurbishment, identified a need for someone on the Committee to be
    designated as the Barn Liaison Officer. Margaret Kane had already been providing this link informally and it was agreed that she
    should continue to act in this capacity as a formal arrangement. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.00pm.
    Minutes of an Extraordinary General Meeting of Kenilworth History & Archaeology Society, held on Monday 12th October 2015 at 7.45pm in the
    Senior Citizens’ Club, Kenilworth. The meeting was chaired by the Society’s Vice Chairman, Norman Stevens.

  9. Apologies: Apologies were received from Jan Cooper, Sue Tyler and Roy and Jackie Shearing.
  10. Proposal: By way of introduction, the Chairman described how the Harry Sunley Memorial Project was now gaining momentum again, having slowed down following the death of Dr. Richard K Morris. It was proposed in future to run the Abbey Gatehouse in the same way as the Society currently runs the Barn, by means of a licence with Warwick District Council. The existing licence would be extended to include the Gatehouse.
    It was recognised that it would be impossible to find sufficient volunteers to steward the Gatehouse for regular summer opening at the same time as the Barn, but it was intended to make the building and its contents available on request to individuals and groups with specialist interests. The Chairman read out the full terms of the existing licence for the benefit of the meeting, and explained the insurance position. It was
    confirmed that KHAS has an insurance indemnity of £5m. Several questions were asked by members and answered by the Chairman.
    (1) Young people climbing on the roof of the building were a matter for the police and Warwick District Council.
    (2) The security of the Gatehouse building would be maintained at the same standard as for the Barn.
    (3) It was confirmed that the pieces of masonry stored within the Gatehouse were the property of Warwick District Council, and not KHAS. KHAS owns the display stands and related equipment.
  11. Decision: The KHAS members present were asked to indicate their approval of the proposal by a show of hands in favour of it. A further request for a show of hands against the proposal produced no response, and the proposal was therefore declared accepted unanimously.GW 14/10/2015

 

The Society’s Accounts for 2015

Accounts 2015
Comparison of Income and Expenditure for 2015 with 2014

 

Receipts & Payments and Balance Sheet 2015
Receipts & Payments and Balance Sheet 2015

 

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January 2016 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – January 2016 Newsletter

Notice of the AGM next month. Barbara Platten will, sadly, be resigning from the Committee for personal reasons, so that there will be a vacancy. Tonight, self-explanatory nomination forms are available. Please take one and nominate someone you know who would be an asset to the Society’s functioning. Do be sure to obtain their permission, however. You are welcome to nominate more than just the one person needed to fill the current vacancy – an election to get all the right people is perfectly in order. Nominations to the Secretary at 26 Greville Road by 25th January, please.

» Last month was not quite what we had expected, because our speaker was not even a croaker, and Baldric had to take over at last minute, and do exactly what his master gestured to him, or wrote on his slate as instructions. As a result, we had an entertaining evening and learnt a lot about a 16th Christ Mass, as Baldric so correctly called it. It turned out that Baldric was Paul’s father, and he received resounding applause for his performance – quite rightly too! The food and drink supplied for the evening enabled a lot of ‘social networking’ to take place – people chatted to one another, something the normal evening’s structure does not easily allow.

» Tonight Dr Nat Alcock is talking about The Mediæval Peasant House in the Midlands.

» Next month February 8th The AGM, followed by Tom Garner on the History of Photography

» You were emailed about voting for the Society in the “Kenilworth Worthies” contest. If you failed to respond to the request for a vote, maybe that’s why the Society failed to appear among the finalists. Pity, really.

» Kenilworth Family History Society 13 Jan. Richard III & DNA by Dr. Turi King University of Leicester, Dept.of Genetics & Archaeology. SCC 7.30pm 10 February Julie Crawshaw Shakespeare’s New Place: “The House Wherein I Dwell”

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 16 February: Dr Kat Iles, ‘The Birmingham Assay Office’ 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 15 January – Stratford upon Avon’s Historic Spine – Dr Robert Bearman All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 20 January: Prof. David Siveter (Leicester): Exceptionally preserved Cambrian fossils of the Chengjiang Lagerstatte, China: the flowering of early animal life.  All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start.

» CADAS: All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30 (see http://www.covarch.co.uk/):

  • 12th January Title: Roman Woman: a Costumed Food Demonstration. Lecturer: Jane Arnold.
  • 9th February Title: Hoards, Hounds and Helmets: The story of the Hallaton Treasure Lecturer: Vicky Score.

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.


What’s Under Your Feet?

A galaxy of rocks, fossils and minerals comes to Kenilworth on Saturday 20 February at the Senior Citizens’ Club 10am until 3pm
Come and see Stunning specimens; Great displays; Learn something about how our Earth has evolved Why is the Warwickshire landscape like it is Rocks under the microscope; Meet a Geologist & ….. have your rocks, fossils & minerals identified!


The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

wishes to draw our attention to its Spring Programme. Please contact:
http://www.theherbert.org/learning/adult-courses/seasons/spring-courses-2016


Contacts

  • Chairman – 01676 532654
  • Secretary – 01926 858670
  • Treasurer – 01926 852655
  • Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

 

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December 2015 Newsletter

KHAS Christmas

DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

Kenilworth Castle in the Snow

Advanced notice of the AGM in February 2016. Barbara Platten will, sadly, be resigning from the Committee for personal reasons, so that there will be a vacancy. Tonight, self-explanatory nomination forms are available. Please take one and nominate someone you know who would be an asset to the Society’s functioning. Do be sure to obtain their permission, however!

» Last month Gordon Cain took us through the complicated process whereby the pro-cathedral of S. Phillip, Birmingham was saved from serious damage through the deterioration of the cupola on the dome. As ever, his account was clear and very well-illustrated. If ever one thought that S. Phillip’s was one of the less interesting cathedrals England, Gordon’s talk brought it sharply into focus as a most interesting building with a fascinating history, short though that may be.

» Tonight Paul Thompson, assisted as ever by his very able wife, Alex, reveals something of the Christmass of yesteryear. We then do our best to anticipate the great festival by socialising, imbibing and nibbling!

» Next month January 11th : Dr Nat Alcock is talking about The Mediæval Peasant House in the Midlands. Even Kenilworth had peasants in the past

» A CD containing every issue of Kenilworth History from 1981 to 2015 (inc) is now available. It has on it also a file of all the ‘Tables of Content’, six spreadsheets of those contents sorted by date, author, title, and three subject categories, and one continuous file of all the KHs so that it can subjected to a wordsearch from beginning to end – a really valuable resource for any researcher. The Society is charging £5 a CD, which, if you consider that people in the Town bought over 60 copies of KH2015 alone for £5 from the Bookshop this year, is incredibly good value for money.

» You will have been emailed about voting for the Society in the “Kenilworth Worthies” contest. If you don’t do so tonight when you get home, or in the next 24 hours, you will have missed your chance! Go to http://kenilworthchamber.co.uk/survey/kenilworth-worthiesvoting-form/ and look for the “Organisation of the Year” category.

» Kenilworth Family History Society 13 Jan. 2016 Richard III & DNA by Dr. Turi King University of Leicester, Dept.of Genetics & Archaeology. SCC 7.30pm

» Warwickshire Local History Society Tuesday 16 February 2016: Dr Kat Iles, ‘The Birmingham Assay Office’. 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 15 January – Stratford upon Avon’s Historic Spine – Dr Robert Bearman All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 20 January: Prof. David Siveter (Leicester): Exceptionally preserved Cambrian fossils of the Chengjiang Lagerstatte, China: the flowering of early animal life. All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start

What’s Under Your Feet? A galaxy of rocks, fossils and minerals comes to Kenilworth on Saturday 20 February at the Senior Citizens’ Club 10am until 3pm Come and see Stunning specimens; Great displays; Learn something about how our Earth has evolved Why is the Warwickshire landscape like it is Rocks under the microscope; Meet a Geologist & ….. have your rocks, fossils & minerals identified!

» CADAS: 12th January Title: Roman Woman: a Costumed Food Demonstration Lecturer: Jane Arnold All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

Ideas for Christmass presents:

  • The third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names, originally produced by former Secretary, Geoff Hilton, is out, edited now by Robin Leach.
  • The second edition of The Story of the Abbey by Sunley & Stevens, first published 20 years ago but now enhanced with discoveries made in the 20 year gap, largely by members of this Society, is now available. Published price is £10, but copies are available to members tonight at £8. Last time!
  • The Deeds of King Henry V by Geoff Hilton drawn from John Strecche’s 1420s Chronicle. Deals with the Agincourt campaign of 600 years ago. £7.50, but £6.50 to members for the last time tonight!

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

» Website Chris Blunt has made an excellent job of setting up a new Website for the Society. As you will remember, in the past Dr Pats included the Society in his ‘MidWarks’ on-line assembly. Since his illness and death, the site has been locked and become hopelessly out of date. Chris has established a new domain name for us, and published a trial version for us to expand. You are recommended to look at the site for yourself, and if you have any suggestions, please contact, in the first instance, your Editor. Do, however, bear in mind that what you will see is largely a proposal for your information – please don’t tear it to bits (no-one has yet). There is still work to be done on it, but your help will be appreciated, although it might be worth noting that since it went on-line at the end of November, we have had 1008 hits from all over the world! Try it! Use it!

Contacts: Chairman – 01676 532654; Secretary – 01926 858670; Treasurer – 01926 852655;
Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090 moc.l1493066935iamto1493066935h@sne1493066935vetsr1493066935on1493066935

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KHAS nominated for Organisation of the Year in ‘The Worthies’

 


Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Worthies Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn on May the 26th 2016, with the finalists from the relevant categories.


KHAS has been nominated in the Organisation of the Year category for ‘The Worthies”, organised by Kenilworth Chamber of Trade.  We hope to get as many votes as possible in order to raise the profile of the Society in the town.

Kenilworth Chamber of Trade Logo

Voting in all categories is available here:

http://kenilworthchamber.co.uk/survey/kenilworth-worthies-voting-form/The Worthies LogoVoting closes on Tuesday December 15, after which the top three nominees in each category will be interviewed by an external judging panel. According to the KWN, the winners will be announced in May 2016.

Best regards,
Geoff Whiteman
Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)

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November 2015 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – 9th November 2015

At the Extraordinary General Meeting held last month, the membership was asked whether it was prepared to extend the licensing of the Society by Warwick District Council to use the ‘Barn’ to include the Gatehouse. Without this licence, the operation of the Gatehouse as an extension of the ‘Barn’ would have been very difficult. The pros and cons were presented and the matter put to the vote. The Society minutes now have this recorded, and the last paragraph says:
“The KHAS members present were asked to indicate their approval of the proposal by a show of hands in favour of it. A further request for a show of hands against the proposal produced no response, and the proposal was therefore declared accepted unanimously.”

» Last month Elaine Warner, Chairman of Knowle Local History Society, came in place of Diane Jones to give us a brief history of the township. It became clear as she spoke that, except for the dominance of Castle and Abbey, Kenilworth’s development was very like that of Knowle. Her talk brought back memories for many, and no doubt members will visit Knowle now & see it in a new light.

» Tonight our speaker is KHAS member and Chair of the Civic Society, Gordon Cain. He will tell us about the Cathedral Church of St. Philip in Birmingham. Gordon’s accounts of buildings are always greatly appreciated, so we are looking forward to what he has to say.

» Next month, December 14th: Members who would like to bring contributions for our festive buffet please let the Chairman, Margaret Kane or Sue Tyler know whether they will be sweet or savory – the contributions, that is. Entertainment will be provided by Paul & Alex Thompson who have visited us several times in previously. They will be telling us (if that’s the phrase) something of the goings on in Christmas Past.

» Contributions to KH2016 would be gratefully received at any time – please contact the Editor. Proposed articles include “Mythbusters” and “For the Record”. The former is, hopefully, self-explanatory; the latter is intended for small matters which have come to the attention of Members of the Society over the years but are not elsewhere recorded. An instance is the information from the former property owner that an Elizabethan coin and a Henry III coin were found in a garden in Clinton Avenue. Other content welcomed – soon!

» A CD containing every issue of from 1981 to 2015 (inc) is now available. It has on it also a file of all the ‘Tables of Content’, six spreadsheets of those contents sorted by date, author, title, and three subject categories, and one continuous file of all the KHs so that it can subjected to a wordsearch from beginning to end – a really valuable resource for any researcher. The Society is charging £5 a CD, which, if you consider that people in the Town have bought over 60 copies of KH2015 alone for £5 from the Bookshop this year, is incredibly good value for money.

» Kenilworth Family History Society “ ‘Alice and the King’; Story of a WW1 nurse by Dahlia Harrison 11th November SCC 7.30pm

» The Warwickshire Local History Society 17th November 2015 Dr Nat Alcock, ‘“On the Road”: Travelling in Warwickshire and beyond before the Railway Age’. 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 20 November – Kineton’s soldiers from Bridge Street, during and after the First World War – David Fisher. All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 18 November: Dr Noel Worley (formerly chief geologist, British Gypsum): The Genesis and Evolution of Sulphate Evaporites. All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start.

» CADAS: 10th November: “The New Lunt Roman Fort” Lecturer: Paul Thompson All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30.

» The third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names, originally produced by former Secretary, Geoff Hilton, is out, edited now by Robin Leach.

A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names (Third Edition)
A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names (Third Edition)

» The second edition of The Story of the Abbey, by Sunley & Stevens, first published 20 years ago but now enhanced with discoveries made in the 20 year gap, largely by members of this Society, is now available. Published price is £10, but copies are available to members tonight at £8.

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

Contacts:

Chairman – 01676 532654;
Secretary – 01926 858670
Treasurer – 01926 852655;
Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

 

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October 2015 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY

October 2015 Newsletter – 12th October 2015

This month we have to have an Extraordinary General Meeting before the main business of the evening because things are moving forward in the Harry Sunley Memorial Project. The management of the Gatehouse, when it is made available to the general public, will fall to the Society, so that we shall be doing for the Gatehouse what we are already doing for the ‘Barn’, though at a lower intensity. Both buildings belong to the Town and are, therefore, under the aegis of Warwick District Council. The Society is licensed by the Council to use the ‘Barn’ and make it available to the Public. It is now proposed that the Society be licensed to the Gatehouse in exactly the same way. The further ramifications of this, which are slight, will be explained at the EGM, and a vote will be required to determine whether we are to continue with this important project.

» Last month Dr Sylvia Pinches related very clearly the history of the property and, in particular, the owners: Compton Verney came much more to life for us as a result

» Tonight Elaine Warner, Chairman of Knowle Local History Society, will be speaking to us on “A thousand years of Knowle”, in place of Diane Jones.

» Next month on the 8th of November our speaker will be KHAS member and Chair of the Civic Society, Gordon Cain. This time he will be talking to us about the Cathedral Church of St. Philip in Birmingham. Gordon’s accounts of buildings are always greatly appreciated.

» Contributions to KH2016 would be gratefully received at any time – please contact the Editor. Proposed articles include “Mythbusters” and “For the Record”. The former is, hopefully, self-explanatory; the latter is intended for small matters which have come to the attention of Members of the Society over the years but are not elsewhere recorded. An instance is the information from the finder that an Elizabethan coin and a Henry III coin were found in a garden in Clinton Avenue. Other content welcomed.

» A CD containing every issue of Kenilworth History from 1981 to 2015 (inc) is now available. It  has on it also a file of all the ‘Tables of Content’, six spreadsheets of those contents sorted by date, author, title, and three subject categories, and one continuous file of all the KHs so that it can subjected to a wordsearch from beginning to end – a really valuable resource for any researcher.The Society is charging £5 a CD, which, if you consider that people in the Town have bought over 60 copies of KH2015 alone for £5 from the Bookshop this year, is incredibly good value for money.

Kenilworth History 1981 to 2015
Kenilworth History 1981 to 2015

» Kenilworth Family History Society “A Brief History of the Warwickshire Constabulary 1840s – 2000” by Graham Sutherland. 14th October (tomorrow night) SCC 7.30pm

» The Warwickshire Local History Society  20th October. Mark Booth, “The Manorial Rolls of Warwickshire”. 17th November 2015 Dr Nat Alcock, ‘“On the Road”: Travelling in Warwickshire and beyond before the Railway Age’ 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 16 October – “The Sword in Medieval Europe” – Clive Thomas All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 
21st October: AGM followed by a talk from a visiting speaker (hopefully George Guice-Holloway Award holder, Royal School of Mines, Camborne) All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start

» CADAS: 13th October:” Tommy and Dennis (The only lady to fight for Britain in the Great War)” Lecturers: Alex and Paul Thompson. 10th November: “The New Lunt Roman Fort” Lecturer: Paul Thompson All meetings will be held at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

» The third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth Street Names, originally produced by former Secretary, Geoff Hilton, is out, edited now by Robin Leach.

» The second edition of The Story of the Abbey by Sunley & Stevens, first published 20 years ago but now enhanced with discoveries made in the 20 year gap, largely by members of this Society, is now available. Published price is £10, but copies are available to members tonight at £8.

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

» We are most grateful to new member Chris Blunt for volunteering the duties of Webmaster. In the past, we have relied on the Webmaster for all the input. It is now intended that a website should include material offered by members of the Society. So, if anyone has a strong view on what should (or should not!) be included, now is the time to say. At present, with the site only in the planning stage, please channel your views through either the Chairman or the Editor (contacts below).

Contacts:
  • Chairman – 01676 532654;
  • Secretary – 01926 858670
  • Treasurer – 01926 852655;
  • Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090
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Chairman’s Report 2014

It is that time of year again – the writing of my annual report seems to come around more quickly every year!

2014 saw the completion of two very long awaited projects – the Abbey Gatehouse roof and the opening of the platforms in Leicester’s Building at the Castle. The Gatehouse is now water tight at last but unfortunately the lovely ‘grass top’ attracted a number of unwelcome sunbathers during the summer months! Those of you who have already visited the platforms at the castle will know that they were well worth waiting for. The views are stunning and the details which are now visible on the principal floors make the building so much more interesting. We had a preview of what was to come in July when Richard Morris shared his research findings following his inspections from the scaffolding! There will be a private evening visit for Society members in the Spring.

Although we did not have a formal meeting in July it was, nevertheless, a very busy month. 30 members of the Society travelled by coach to Tewkesbury and Hailes Abbeys where we had excellent guided tours led by Richard Morris whose vast knowledge of these locations made for a very interesting day. The afternoon was rounded off by a visit to a garden centre near Hailes for a cream tea and the most fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. A few days later members also attended a small social get together in the Abbey Barn Museum as part of the National ‘Museums at Night’ initiative. This gave everyone a chance to view the latest improvements to the exhibits on the upper floor and it was also an opportunity for those who had not done so before to go inside the Abbey Gatehouse and hear more about the Harry Sunley Memorial Project plans. During the fortnight of the British Archaeology Festival an excavation was carried out on the west side of the Abbey Gatehouse – more on this elsewhere in this publication. Geoff Hilton was unable to lead his usual walk of the Abbey ruins as his house move took place just a few days before the date of the walk, which still went ahead but led by myself, assisted by Margaret Kane. The event was very well attended though the weather looked threatening. We managed to get almost to the end when a very large black cloud started to approach rather quickly so we all made a dash for the museum arriving just ahead of a terrific thunderstorm. At least it gave everyone a good opportunity to ask questions and enjoy the Abbey interpretation!

During the summer we hosted three Abbey tours with outside groups – one from Dudley, one from Berkswell, and one for the local Soroptomists.

In September a further guided walk of the Abbey ruins took place in support of Heritage Open Weekend. Having made sure that this was well advertised locally I was delighted that over 30 people turned up (despite the wrong date being printed in the KWN!). This time the weather held and we had a most enjoyable afternoon followed by a visit to the museum – the last day of opening. In the late afternoon we held our usual get together to thank all our volunteers who had helped at the Barn during the summer. Please do come and help next year!! During this winter a few further improvements are taking place on the upper floor of the Barn – hopefully this will be the final stage of the refurbishment. The museum will open again on Sunday 5th April 2015, until Sunday 13th September, when we will have our splendid new ‘Fish’ map and an exciting new exhibit on display.

Sadly 2014 saw the loss of two of our long-standing members – Pat Bodenham passed away in February and in August we lost our President, a founder member, Rob Steward. It was with great regret that I heard on January 7th this year that Richard Morris had passed away. During the last six months Richard struggled bravely to continue with his projects, especially the Harry Sunley Memorial Project. He will be sadly missed by his family, the academic community with which he was so closely involved and, not least, by his many friends and colleagues within KHAS.

On a brighter note I am pleased to report that a few more new members joined the Society during the year and subscriptions for 2015 will remain at the present level for a further year. We ended 2014 with a very successful Christmas social event. Contributions from members, and a few brain teasers courtesy of our Vice Chairman, made for an interesting early part of the proceedings followed by some delicious festive refreshments and a good opportunity to mingle and chat. A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

I hope that you will all enjoy the programme which your Committee has put together for 2015. During the course of the year we will be remembering the signing of Magna Carta (800 years ago) and also Henry Vs great victory at Agincourt (600 years ago). There will be outings in July and August and details of these will be published in the spring.

As always I would like to offer my thanks to my fellow Officers and Committee Members, and indeed to all our members, for their continued support.

With best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year.

Jan Cooper

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