History Group Report for October. Roy Peacock on ‘The Foleys of Great Witley’.
68 Members of the History Group attended a talk given by Roy Peacock on ‘The Foleys of Great Witley’. Roy’s obvious passion for the subject and enthusiastic presentation along with his encyclopaedic knowledge produced an informative and well-presented talk. Speaking without notes and with no visual aids, Roy nevertheless held his audience captive throughout the talk.
One of the main characters in the talk was Richard Foley, benevolent, a visionary, concentrating his social improvements on education, schools and grants and on being a model employer. His immense wealth was created through the iron industry, with large estates from Dudley to Shelsey Beauchamp as well as industrial interests in Bristol.
There was a fascinating link with Kidderminster, enhanced through his friendship with Richard Baxter. In his lifetime he lived through an interesting period of history, having connections with Samuel Pepys, the Civil War, Queen Anne and the House of Lords.
Roy was warmly thanked for his fascinating and detailed talk and enjoyed talking further with members of the Group during refreshments.