“From Plough Shares to Pints” by Henry Marriot

Friday 2nd February 2018, 8 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall

A Powerpoint presentation by Henry Marriot, of the history of Thornley’s Brewery in Radford Semele. Henry’s great-grandfather, Henry Edward Thornley was a farmer who brewed beer for his farm labourers during the harvest season. This process extended to beer brewing for the neighbouring farms and in the late 19th century Henry’s great-grandfather and grandfather established the brewery which continued in production until the 1970s.

AGM and “Little-Known Warwickshire” Part 2 by Alan Winterburn

Friday 9th March 2018, 7.30 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall

Alan Winterburn gave us the first part of his slide show on “Little-Known Warwickshire” in November 2016 and it was so well received by the members present that we have asked him to return and give us the second part of his presentation. Alan is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Warwickshire and his illustrated talk will be riveting, if it is of the same standard as the the first part. The AGM starts at 7.30 pm and the talk starts at 8 pm.

The Important Stained Glass Windows of St. Laurence’s Church, Lighthorne, by Maggie Atkins and Colin Such

Friday 11th May, 7.30 pm, St. Laurence’s Church

St Laurence’s Church contains stained glass windows of varying ages some of which is of quite exceptional quality.  Why should such a small village church contain windows executed by the King’s Glazier?  History Society members Maggie and Colin will explain the history of the windows and the techniques used in their creation.

 

 

Guided tour of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

Saturday 2nd June, 10.30 am, Lord Leycester Hospital

Join us for a guided tour of the Great Hall, Guildhall, Courtyard and Gardens with a member of the Brethren.  The cost is £8.50 per person and the tour will last around an hour and a half.  Lunch can be taken in the Brethren’s Kitchen afterwards at an additional cost.  More details to follow.

“The History of Walton Hall and its Scandal” by Elizabeth, Lady Hamilton

Friday 7th September, 8 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall

In 1866, Sir Charles Mordaunt brought his young bride, Harriet Moncreiffe, back to his Warwickshire mansion, Walton Hall. She was part of the Prince of Wales’ infamous set, and when she had a baby there were several contenders for fatherhood. The ensuing trial, involving the Prince himself, became a scandal.

Lady Hamilton of Walton Hall, the President of the Warwickshire Local History Society, is the author of a book on the scandal. Her talk is sure to be very entertaining.