April 2019 Newsletter

KHAS Affairs

Last Month: Caroline Rann (Archaeology Projects Manager at Archaeology Warwickshire) outlined the discovery of archaeology on the new High School site. There had been no record of crop marks but a small wall section was revealed in a trial trench which, on further investigation, formed part of a large building 18 x 7.5m. Several buildings related to a Roman villa were discovered.

Tonight: Stephen Spinks will be talking about Edward II, not one of our most distinguished sovereigns, but one with many Warwickshire connections. He will focus on The man: a doomed inheritance.

Summer Excursions: The two excursions, to Kenilworth Castle and to Maxstoke Castle, were both fully subscribed at the last meeting. However, it is vital that, if you want to retain your place on the Maxstoke trip, payment is required THIS evening. There is a waiting list for places on both the Kenilworth Castle and the Maxstoke visits so if you have put your name down and subsequently find that you are no longer able to go please do let Jan know as soon as possible so that your place may be offered to someone else.

Next Month: Angie Bolton – Finds Liaison Officer for the PAS since 1997- will be opening up 20 Years of Treasure: The Portable Antiquities Scheme

Warwickshire Museum Service has launched a campaign to raise £62,000 to buy a major Roman coin hoard, found recently on Edge Hill close to the 2008 find. They have just 4 months in which to reach the target!! Your Committee has sent a donation of £50 towards this appeal on behalf of KHAS members but there is still a long way to go. Please help!

Service of Nones: In this, the 900th anniversary year of Kenilworth’s Abbey of St Mary, Rev. Norman Stevens will be taking a service of Nones – the traditional service at 3pm – on 28th April in the Abbey ruins – if wet, it will be held in St Nicholas church.


• Kenilworth Family History Society: Wednesday 10th April 7.45pm. The Kenilworth Centre CV8 1QJ. Paul Baker (Rowington & Lapworth): ‘The Lost Railway’ (the efforts to bring the railway to Henley in Arden)

• Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Wednesday 17th April 7.30pm. Senior Citizens Club, Abbey End (Note change of venue for this one meeting). Chris Darmon (Editor Down to Earth ): ‘The Geology of Norway’.

• Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 16th April 8pm. Quaker Meeting House, High St., Warwick. Members’ talks: ‘A Late Georgian Murder in Nuneaton’, ‘The Chapel at Crimscote’ and ‘The Friends Meeting House, Warwick’

• CADAS: Tuesday 9th April, 7.30pm. Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry. John Thomas (Project Officer, University of Leics. Arch. Services) : ‘A unique Iron Age feasting and ritual site: Excavations at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire’

• Lapworth Local History Group: Tuesday 30th April 7.45pm. Lapworth Village Hall. Nick Holmes: ‘The Canals of Rowington and Lapworth’

• Leamington History Group: Monday 29th April 7.30pm, Dormer Conference Centre. Martin Green: ‘Some influential Iron-founders of 19th century Leamington’

Thursday 9 May: Explore the Building Stones of Old Kenilworth with Ian Fenwick. Ian will lead a walk around High St. & the Abbey Fields for GeoWEEK 2019. Meet St Nicholas car park 2pm.

Contacts: Chairman – 01676-532654; Secretary – 01926-858670; Treasurer – 01926-852655; Newsletter Editor – 01926-257250 Website

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