Landor (Local History) Society

View of Rugeley from the A51 bypass showing St Joseph & St Etheldreda (R.C.) steeple and the towers of St Augustines (C. of E.) and the 'Old Chancel' churches.


Unless otherwise stated here, our meetings take place at Sneydlands, Bryan's Lane, Rugeley WS15 2JS.


Parking is not allowed on the premises but will be freely available behind the adjacent Magistrates Courts - accessed from Phoenix Close.  The access barrier will be manned from approximately 7.10 p.m until approximately 7.25 p.m.



Wednesday, 22nd May        

Meet 6.30 pm


A visit to Fradley.  Meet at the car park in Statfold Lane and walk to St Stephen’s Church where Lynn Tyler, The Chair of FHG will give a short,  talk about the men in the War Graves, Airmen from the RAF, RAAF,

Luftwaffe.  There might then be some time to walk on the coffin trail from Fradley to All Saints in Alrewas.  Before St Stephen’s was built, all burials took place in Alrewas and the coffins, followed by their mourners, would make their way across fields, now bisected by roads and lanes. As this is a 40 minute walk there may only be time to do a small portion of it.  This will be followed by refreshments at the house of Richard Green, Secretary FHG..  No Charge but donations to the church would be appreciated.


Wednesday, 19st June         

Meet at the Church 6.30 pm               


A visit to Ingestre Orangery and Church with some possibility of looking around the grounds of the hall, followed by light refreshments.

No charge but donations would be appreciated.



Wednesday, 24th July          

Meet 12.30 for 1.00 pm visit


A guided tour of Whitmore Hall, Newcastle under Lyme, a Grade 1 listed building, home of the Cavanagh-Mainwaring family.  The charge for this is £8.00 per person.  Please let Glenys know if you wish to attend and payment in advance would be appreciated in order that a cheque can be raised to pay the guide at the Hall on arrival.  The visit could be followed by refreshments at the nearby Whitmore tea rooms.  This, apparently, can get quite busy therefore if members would like refreshments advance booking might be necessary, please let Glenys know.



Tuesday,  20th August          

Arrive at 10.00 am for the tour


A visit and tour of St. Mary’s Abbey, Colwich, a substantial property intended to be (from 1820) an aristocratic mansion in the Gothic style built for Viscount Tamworth, who died before its completion.  It was then destined to be a Benedictine nunnery, remaining so until 2020.  The tour will be led by Gerard Wilcox, and as there is a lot to see the visit is likely to last for up to two hours.  The Lady Abbess, the only remaining nun from an original complement of 40, will be on hand together with helpers who will serve light refreshments at the beginning and the end of the tour.

While there is no charge for the visit it is strongly suggested that a donation of £5.00 per person be made to the Abbey on the day.



Mobile number is 07792 892372.


Wednesday, 18th September 

Return to Sneydlands  7.30 pm


A visit from Margaret Heath who will tell us about her research for her book on headmasters of Brewood Grammar School, with reference to Reverand William Budwell, Headmaster of Rugeley Grammar School in 1728 before he moved to Brewood.