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We have re-released the seven local talks, Soundbites of Warwick, from last year's Digital Festival

View below or watch on our Youtube Channel

 

The Puckerings and The Priory

If you are local to Warwick you will have been up Puckering's Lane – but you may not have realised it.

This is a new road, a short road, just 100 yards long. Nothing much to catch the eye, but the history behind this short road is long, going back hundreds of years. This is the only road of that name in the United Kingdom – probably the world. Unique to Warwick.

So, who were the Puckerings? Why were they important to the town? What was their legacy? And what happened to the heiress to the family fortune, Jane?

Local history enthusiast, Trevor Langley, unearths the story of the Puckerings and their home in Warwick, The Priory.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

Love and Loss

Join experts from the Warwick Castle History Team for an of exploration into the darker side of Warwick Castle’s history, looking at murder, execution and marriage.

The talk will showcase some of our most gruesome and grisly stories, and even feature some areas of the castle that are not accessible to the public. Join the team for stories of love, marriages and scandals of the castle’s owners throughout the centuries.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

A Victorian Countess’ Seance

In this video researcher Adam Busiakiewicz describes transcripts of seances he found hidden in Anne Greville (1829-1903) 4th Countess of Warwick's archival papers. Hidden and stuffed between a bundle of bills, these rare documents provide us with an insight into the relationship that a Victorian Countess had with ghosts which supposedly haunted her ancient castle. 

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

An Introduction to the History of West Street and the Western Suburbs

Now a peaceful tree lined approach to Warwick, West Street with its sprinkling of medieval houses, is steeped in history.

From its early beginnings as a suburb, to its rapid expansion in the 19th and 20th centuries, this 15 minute talk highlights just a few of the buildings on West Street which, combined with the surrounding area, weaves together a tale of merriment, prosperity and prayer which continues to the present day.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

1923 Local Election

In winter 1923, journalists poured into Warwick and Leamington for the most exciting election in the country. Local historian Aaron Manning introduces the dramatic story of bitter rivalries and family feuds in the battle for a parliamentary seat fought by the Conservative Anthony Eden and Labour's Daisy countess of Warwick.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

Oken and Eyffler's Almshouses

Anne Langley took up local history research when she retired from working for the Open University. She volunteers at Warwickshire County Record Office and helps to edit their community website: www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk. Anne gives talks and has published books and articles on historical topics ranging from Almshouses to Victorian Village Life. She is currently recording the effect of the pandemic on her local community, and indexing names from 19th century trials for the Record Office.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

Tales from Warwick Schools

Which was the first ever school in Warwick? Were standards higher or lower in the so-called old days and is it true that schools in the past never closed for snow or bad weather?

Join David Howe as he tells us all about Tales from Warwick Schools.

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.

 

The Ettington Sensation or The Trials of Elizabeth Brandish

In September 1897, young Rees Brandish was collected by his mother, Elizabeth, from Kent, where he had been fostered. Elizabeth said she was taking him back to her home at Ettington, in Warwickshire. When she arrived, Elizabeth was on her own without her son. She told the police about selling him to a woman on a train. But then the body of a young boy was found at Ettington. Was he her missing son?

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Please help support Warwick Words History Festival

This talk is free, however if you would like to make a donation to 
Warwick Words History Festival we would be extremely grateful.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the Festival
losing over 80% of our income.

Thank you for your support.