September 2019 Newsletter


Tonight: To launch our winter programme (yes, it is only 108 days to Christmas!) Dr. Roger White of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology at Birmingham will give us talk on “The Romans in the West Midlands”.

Summer Excursions: The two excursions to Kenilworth Castle and to Maxstoke Castle were both well supported and enjoyed by those members who attended. The Kenilworth visit, led by Jan, opened our eyes yet wider to a castle which we all think we know backwards. However, there is always something to learn. How many of us were familiar with the sculpted stones high up on the south wall of the keep? Michael Fetherston-Dilke also did us proud in opening up his home which has so many facets of interest, be it the mediaeval walls, the sixteenth century timber-framed house or the Georgian extension.

Celebration of the 900th Anniversary of the founding of Kenilworth Priory: a large congregation, including many KHAS members, attended the Communion service led by Norman Stevens. The service, or ‘The Mass’, followed the 1549 version of the Prayer Book prepared by Thomas Cranmer.

Heritage Open Days: the Museum will again be open on Saturday and Sunday 14th/15th Sept and Saturday and Sunday 21st/22nd Sep with guided walks of Priory/Abbey ruins taking place on 14th and 15th only at 3pm;

Tracing a Wall: Our Resistivity Team will be investigating where a medieval wall was discovered by archaeologists in 2018. They will be on site adjacent to the path from the Gatehouse to Malthouse Lane from 11 am on Monday 16th September so, if you are interested, please do go along to say hello.


• Kenilworth Family History Society: Wednesday 11th Sept 7.45pm. The Kenilworth Centre CV8 1QJ. John Morgan: Probate Research or Heir Hunting Expert Trackers or Big Game Hunters?

• Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Wednesday 18th Sept. 7pm for 7.30pm. St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Rd. Dr Andy Howard (British Geological Survey): ‘Yorkshire’s Ancient Storms’. An assessment of the impact of such events as Hurricane Dorian and the 1953 E. coast floods on the geological record. Details: Ian Fenwick (257250)

• Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 15th October 7pm for 7.30pm. Aylesford School, Tapping Way, Warwick, CV34 6XR. Alan Godfrey: Postman’s Knock: A History of the Post Office in Warwickshire, Email or call 07507 293669

• CADAS: Tuesday 10th Sept 7.30pm. Friends Meeting House, Hill St., Coventry. Margaret Rylatt Memorial Lecture; Mathew Morris (Leicester Archaeology): The Archaeology of Oakham Castle.

• Lapworth Local History Group: Tues. 17th Sept. 7.45pm. Lapworth Village Hall. Ginny Davis: From the Pillory to Prison Cell Contact via website

• Leamington History Group: Monday, 23 Sept. 7.30pm. Dormer Conference Centre, Dormer Place. John Berkeley: From Pens to Particle Physics; the remarkable story of Brandauer.

Jenny Morris
We are very sorry to have to inform you that Jenny Morris, widow of Richard Morris, passed away on the morning of Tuesday 27th August 2019. A memorial service will take place at St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 1:00 pm. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, can be made to Crisis or CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) c/o John Taylor Funeral Service, 178 Warwick Road, A reception will be held afterwards at St Nicholas Hall.

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

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