Monday 14 December 2020 - When Kidderminster Was Lengths Ahead a detailed account of the swimming baths in Kidderminster filled with interesting facts by Mike Loftus

Monday 9 November 2020 - Tim Carter’s fascinating talk and discussion about Anthrax and the effects on the Edwardian Kidderminster Carpet Workers the results of which are still citied in law cases today! He named workers and their families who had been mortally affected by Anthrax and why Brinton’s responded so differently to Broom’s when their workers died. Members asked questions and shared information on a range of related experiences from the ‘weavers yarns & songs’ to Trevor Robert’s knowledge of local farming practices and volunteering at the Kidderminster Carpet Museum. We talked of the higher marital separation rate in Kidderminster as women were earning their own money so could say sling you hook, so to speak. 

Monday 12 October 2020 – Group member Ann Murrells presented an overview history of Chateau Chenonceau filled with detail and interest sparking a wide ranging discussion.

Saturday 3 October 2020 – Several members attended The Mortimer Society virtual conference. Philip Hume advised on some local information for our members – Tickenhill - Though at the time of Domesday the King held the manor of Wribbenhall (Worcs), and the two manors of Ribbesford, the Mortimers seem to have some possession of them quite soon afterwards.  In 1100, Ralph Mortimer confirmed a grant of land in Wribbenhall by one of his tenants to Worcester Cathedral Priory, and in 1203 Roger Mortimer (d.1214) is recorded as paying 20s. rent to the Priory for the manor of Wribbenhall and the fishery appurtenant to it. The 20s. rent was still being paid in 1304, as part of the manor of Bewdley, and there was a ferry across the Severn recorded in 1335.

The Mortimers were certainly in possession of the two manors of Ribbesford by 1176, when their steward, Simon de Ribbesford was holding one manor.  It was part of the dower lands of Margaret, the wife of Edmund Mortimer (d.1304).  The de Ribbesford family continued to hold the manor of Ribbesford as feudal tenants of the Mortimers right up to the death of the last Earl of March in 1425. 

The other manor in Ribbesford became known as Bewdley towards the end of the 13th century, and was also part of the dower of Margaret, the wife of Edmund Mortimer (d.1304).  Margaret did not die until 1334, by which time both her son and grandson were dead.  It was part of the dower land of the grandson’s wife, Elizabeth (d.1356), and of her son’s wife, Philippa (d.1382).  The Inquisition post mortem of Philippa’s son, Roger (d.1398) sees the manor named as “Tykenhull” with the town of “Bealieu”, which suggests the late 14th century as the time of the name-change, or perhaps the establishment of a manor house there.

Monday 10 August 2020 – No Meeting 

Monday 13 July 2020 – Group members presented an overview history of Medieval Tours with a range of inputs particularly from Angela Curtis who presented the Basilica of St Martin of Tours and Julia Scott who did an overview of Tours and its history.  

Monday 6 June 2020 – Members of the group did detailed presentations on The Royal Fortress of Chinon and some of the more notable residents. The history of the castle building: Vincent O’Callaghan Henry II: Ann Murrells Eleanor of Aquitaine: Alison Barsby Joan of Arc: Caroline O’Callaghan followed by discussions and questions

Monday 11 May 2020 - Group reorganization discussion on zoom as to how to meet in pandemic lockdown due to Covid 19 restrictions

Monday 13 April 2020 - Easter & no meeting scheduled 

Monday 9 March 2020 - Chartres Cathedral a brief history and how to read the windows presentation by Caroline O’Callaghan followed by questions and discussion.

Monday 10 February 2020 - The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud a monastery in the village of Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Chinon, in the former French duchy of Anjou. Founded in 1101

Angela Curtis did a presentation on the importance of the Abbey and a 'family tree' from William I through to Edward I as to why the family are historically so important and that is why the Abbey is supported by information from Vincent O’Callaghan

Ann Murrells talked on the life of the 4 houses of the Abbey and under the important Abbess’s

Kay Pagett talked on the role of the abbey as a high security prison (1804 under Napoleon Bonaparte) and in WW2 many members of the Resistance were incarcerated there before being deported. Ten were shot on site.

Monday 13 January 2020 – We watched a Time Team Special on The Staffordshire Anglo Saxon Hoard and discussed the December visit and the film.