Hagley Hall – Landscape Developments

Our Guide Joe Hawkins with an old, old piece of stone

         Joe Hawkins is a visionary academic, advocate of the eighteenth century landscape, combined with the huge physical capacity for rolling up his sleeves and getting the hard work done. We were lucky enough to hear him chart the evolution of the works so far at one of our lectures. We . . . → Read More: Hagley Hall – Landscape Developments

What’s going on in the grounds of Hagley Hall?

  We all know something is happening over there but what exactly? At a guess,  as we are now well into spring, maybe a spot of digging, a little bit of pruning…….! Those who have surveyed the scene from the top of Clent Hill,over the last few months may have noticed the heavy machinery . . . → Read More: What’s going on in the grounds of Hagley Hall?

Summer Visits.

Our trips in May and June to Four Ashes Hall  and to Hagley Park are  fully booked. We are sorry to disappoint those who would like to have come along but numbers for both trips were limited. This is the second trip to Four Ashes arranged especially to give members who missed out on . . . → Read More: Summer Visits.

Programme 2015

March 26th             –    John Sparry – Interesting Events of 1937.   May 21st                  –       Joe Hawkins – Gardens and landscape of Hagley Hall. * With guided tour  to follow in June. See Trips.   September . . . → Read More: Programme 2015

A Change of Programme for October Meeting

Our next meeting is Thursday 30 October. Please note that our advertised talk  Zeppelin- The Enemy Overhead has been replaced by a speaker from Avoncroft Museum of Buildings in Bromsgrove. The museum has recently acquired an original nailer’s cottage which they are currently researching and restoring. This particular cottage was in use from 1840- . . . → Read More: A Change of Programme for October Meeting

16th November – History and Archive Open Day

Clent History Society will have flags flying  to welcome you to Clent Parish Hall, on Sunday 16th November, whilst inside we will be ‘hotting up’ the water ready for your cups of coffee and tea and we’ll have the biscuits standing by. You’ll need something to keep your sugar levels up should you decide . . . → Read More: 16th November – History and Archive Open Day

25th September – “The History of Kidderminster Hospital and the Three Doctors Stretton” – Nigel Gilbert

You may be aware that in  recent years an attempt to close Kidderminster Hospital, the local hospital for many in this area,  was successfully fought under the leadership of Doctor Taylor who later became an MP. I’ve only just discovered that the battle for Kidderminster Hospital  has been going on for much longer and . . . → Read More: 25th September – “The History of Kidderminster Hospital and the Three Doctors Stretton” – Nigel Gilbert

Trip Report – Stanway House (August 2014)

We were so lucky with the weather for this day trip. Had we gone 24 hours later we would have been soaked. An umbrella-defying downpour in Clent coincided exactly with the time when we were rejoining the coach after a relaxed lunch stop in Stow on the Wold. The weather gods must have recognised . . . → Read More: Trip Report – Stanway House (August 2014)

Tickets Available for trip to Stanway House, 13th August

On Wednesday 13 August 2014 members and friends of Clent History Society will be making a  visit To Stanway House, near Cheltenham. The Stanway estate and manor house, has been owned by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss, for 500 years. The 13th Earl, who has lived at Stanway since . . . → Read More: Tickets Available for trip to Stanway House, 13th August

Trip Report – Four Ashes Hall (June 2014)

Four Ashes Hall

The society enjoyed a most enjoyable trip to Four Ashes Hall in June. The property has been in the same family since it was built in 1660 and remains very much a family home.  Sebastian had had to clear his toys up from the the playroom for historic toys and childrens’ clothes to be . . . → Read More: Trip Report – Four Ashes Hall (June 2014)