On this page we list the statements we have made to the various newspapers:
Also an electronic version of the Society's regular 'Newsletter' to members:
WINTER EVENTS BEGIN WITH OUR FESTIVE SUPPER
FRIDAY, 7TH DECEMBER, 2007
SOCIETY CHRISTMAS SUPPER
Music from The Coten End Players.
Set to repeat the success of last year's festive informal
supper, the Warwick Society's Christmas Supper will
be held in in the splendour of the Court House
Ballroom, Jury Street, Warwick. Celebrate with a
complimentary glass of sherry or wine on arrival and
then, over a delightful buffet meal, meet lots of
friends and other members during the evening.
Please arrive at the Court House from 7.00pm
onwards, there will be musical entertainment from
The Coten End Players at 7.30pm. The festivities will
end at 10.00pm.
The ticket price of £10 per person will include a
three-course buffet supper and that first drink. We
hope that you will join us to share an enjoyable start
to the Christmas season.
For ticket applications, see the back page. Closing
date for ticket applications, to be sent with a cheque,
is 20th November.
WEDNESDAY, 9TH JANUARY, 2008
LUNACY IN WARWICKSHIRE
with Dr John Bland.
Dr Bland was a family doctor for 46 years, and became interested in mental
illness through his work. He says disarmingly that people seem to find the
talk surprisingly interesting.
He will speak about the history of mental illness and ways of
treating it. Particular reference will be made to Hatton hospital,
until quite recently the mental hospital for Warwickshire.
Some people passed most of their lives in it and it had a farm,
a band, and its own Fire Brigade. One of the Victorian
medical superintendents was a keen photographer and
Dr Bland has been able to collect many of his pictures
from these times so that there are many pictures of the
hospital and its inmates from these times.
THURSDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 2008
with Alan Winterburn.
Mr Winterburn discusses the origins of place and pub names in such well
known areas as Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Stow on the Wold.
An enlightening talk, illustrated with slides.
TUESDAY, 11TH MARCH, 2008
THE WARWICK SOCIETY
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
at 7.30pm for 7.45pm.
THE HISTORICAL WALLER AND WILLES ARCHIVES
The County Record Office found themselves in the difficult position of trying
to acquire two important local archives which came up for sale at
the same time.
The Waller Archive £172,000 was acquired through funding from the
Heritage Lottery Fund, which includes money for the employment of
Archivists to sort and catalogue.
The Willes Archive £72,000 was secured by public subscription which
included a donation from the Styles Bequest of £2,000. The Willes
family came from Newbold Comyn and much of the archive is concerned with
the development of Leamington.
John Turner represented the Society at the launch and was much impressed
by the number of large boxes containing records, by the quantity and variety
of documents on display and particularly by the
quality of those from the 13th century.
He took the opportunity to settle down to read correspondence
from The Hon. Edward Willes who was a judge in Ireland in 1750
to the Earl of Warwick. Caroline Sampson, head of Heritage at the
Record Office made a short speech saying that they were
overwhelmed by the public response to the appeal for funding
and thanked all those who had made donations.
SAVING THE WILLES FAMILY ARCHIVE
The family obtained the estate known as Newbold Comyn in
Leamington at the time of Queen Elizabeth, and by the
time of the commercialization of the spa waters they owned
land to the west, north and east of the new town laid out by
Bertie Greatheed in 1808. At that time, Edward Willes wanted to keep development
at arms length.
His son, also Edward,inherited in 1820, moved away,and embarked on the development
of his land. It was he who was responsible for the
Nash-inspired layout of curvingstreets, parks and garden "squares"
which are now the essence of Leamington. The illustrated letter is one of
many hundreds between Willes and his agent, the architect JG Jackson, reporting
on schemes and the sales of land. Written in November 1832 it contains a
delightfully tinted plan of development land, a design for the Newbold (later
Jephson) gardens suggested by Willes himself the previous month, the estimate
of John Cullis for executing it for
£750, (with the tactful suggestion that another layout might be better)
and discussions of railing designs and the prices of Leamington and Warwick
iron-founders. Also included in the collection is correspondence from the
eighteenth century, including some relating to Warwick Castle Park and planting
at Newbold Comyn. The work of nurseryman John Cullis is amply represented
and there is material relating to Leamington Mill and the earlier history
of Leamington Priors. It was unthinkable that this amazing collection which
contains so much information on the history of Leamington (and its gardens),
Warwickshire and elsewhere, could be broken up and dispersed to private
THE WILLES ARCHIVE comprises a substantial and
significant collection of family and estate papers, including deeds and
legal documents (some with good seals), pedigrees, estate inventories
and accounts, rentals, surveys and maps, dating from the thirteenth
century to the twentieth, the papers and correspondence of the Rt.
Hon. Edward Willes (1704-1768), correspondence to and from
several generations of the Willes family. It records the history of the
Willes and associated families in full and rich detail. Newbold
Comyn has now been absorbed by Leamington and evidence of their
contribution to the history of Warwickshire is well documented
in the collection. The medieval and early deeds and documents are
supported by later papers (and maps and plans) about the
creation of Newbold Gardens, canals, local churches and
architecture, and much else.
BETFRED GETS GO AHEAD FOR
Betting service in Warwick inadequate ruled magistrates.
Building Society offices and betting shops are for planning purposes both
categorised as Financial Services. In May, when Done Brothers the
owners of the BetFred branded bookmakers applied for a betting
licence to operate from the old Bradford and Bingley offices (9, Market
Place) the Warwick Society could not object to the change of use of the
shop as, technically, there wasn't one. We did, however, send
objections to the Clerk of the Betting Gaming and Licensing Committee. We
pointed out that the property is a listed building and set amongst other
such buildings in a conservation area. We presented our concerns that the
plate glass widow would be covered with inappropriate advertising and merchandise
promoting gambling activities. We also said that the proposed use conflicted
with the Local Plan policy of encouraging a cafe society in the market place
providing food and refreshment for towns-people and visitors and drew attention
to the fact that the Market Place attracted tourists and families with young
children. We felt that the ease of access to gambling provided would be
against the interests of the young and vulnerable.
The application for a license was heard on 10th October at Nuneaton where
three magistrates heard evidence from 10am through to 5pm. We were able
to address the magistrates and expanded on our written statement to say
that the three betting shops in the town were sufficient and that all were
in discreet locations.
After due consideration the magistrates ruled that planning matters were
outside their terms of reference. The license was granted on the basis that
the number of betting slips issued in Warwick was below the national average
which suggested that the betting service within the town was inadequate.
The Warwick Victorian Christmas Evening
This years Victorian Christmas Evening takes place on Thursday, 29th
November, between 5.30pm and 9pm in the town centre. The Christmas lights
will be switched on at 7.15 by the Mayor of Warwick Councillor Martyn Ashford.
Among the activities are a barber shop quartet performing in and around
the towns shops, horse and carriage rides, over 50 craft market and
charity stalls, a big wheel and other games and rides from Victorian times
including a penny arcade.
WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL OUTLINES
ITS PROPERTY PORTFOLIO INTENTIONS
At a recent meeting of the Town Council's Tourism
committee a presentation was made by two officers of the County
Council on the plans for the Council's portfolio of properties.
The Police Station, Market Hall & Museum, Northgate Street, Northgate
The house is to be refurbished and retained and there are to be
investments in the staff dining facilities which will enable them
and meeting rooms to be let for functions. Work is scheduled to
commence next year.
All 1950s and 1960s blocks in the curtilage of the courts come under
the Grade 1 listing. A One Stop Shop is to be introduced together
with the relocated Post Office. The library will be relocated here
from Barrack Street to realise more efficient floor space. There
is an architectural competition proposed for improving frontage
and possibly moving it forward. The walkway bridge, connecting
to the Abbotsford, is to be removed.
Town houses are to be converted into luxury flats and the modern
office building at the rear demolished. Contracts were
exchanged with a developer last year.
THE COFFEE TAVERN OLD SQUARE
The County are likely to divest themselves of the building.
POLICE STATION, PRIORY ROAD
The Station building is becoming redundant and is considered
suitable for residential conversion.
The BARRACK STREET Office Block
Houses 400 council employees.The vacated library space will be
converted into offices.
MARKET HALL & MUSEUM
Currently the Market Hall is under consideration as a location for the
Tourist Information Centre. A Heritage Lottery bid for
refurbishment of upper floors is some time away.
There are no fixed ideas on the future of the building, but
suggestions are welcome. English Heritage is interested in
preserving only one court room as there are examples elsewhere.
Contract not yet signed for the new Justice Centre in Leamington,
which is not available until 2010.
PAGEANT HOUSE AND SWAN STREET OFFICES
There is a possibility of re-siting the Registry Office and providing
THE SOCIETYS Annual Christmas
~ 7TH DECEMBER, 2007 ~
The event will repeat the success of last year's
entertaining and informal supper.
To be held in the splendour of the Court House Ballroom, a buffet meal will
give the chance to meet lots of friends and other members during the evening.
Arrive at the Court House from 7.00pm onwards.
Celebrate with a glass of sherry or wine on arrival. We hope that you
will join us to share an enjoyable start to the Christmas season
Music from The Coten End Players at 7.30pm
The festivities will end at 10.00pm
~ Tickets ~
The ticket price of £10 per person will include a threecourse
buffet supper, and that first drink.
Please apply by 20th November, 2007 to:
Monica Ory, 32 Mercia Way, Warwick CV34 4QB
THE PURPOSE OF THE WARWICK SOCIETY
To preserve the heritage and improve the town environment of Warwick by
encouraging high standards of design, architecture and planning.
New members are always welcome to join socially or contribute time to help
improve the town environment. Please see the Warwick Society website for
further details at www.warwicksociety.org.uk alternatively call one of the
committee members below for further details.
WARWICK SOCIETY Contacts
Chairman James Mackay 498381
Treasurer Judith Sheepy 427842
Website Antony Butcher 492975
Programme Liz Holroyde 492329
Membership John Fletcher 493066
Newsletter Mark Robertson 496643
Planning John Turner 491410
SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2008
We kindly remind all members who do not pay by standing order that their
subscriptions for next year will be due on 1 January 2008.
© 2007 The Warwick Society. Unless otherwise indicated, views expressed
in these newsletters are the contributors own and not necessarily
the corporate view of the Society
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