On Thursday 20th June, members of a U3A Group in South Solihull came to Warwick to find out more about the historic town, and they started their day with a specially arranged Court House Tour with Unlocking Warwick’s Tricia Scott.
The weather was pleasant, and the group very much enjoyed hearing about the early origins of the Town Hall, the role of Elizabeth I’s favourite Robert Dudley, the huge 1906 Pageant, the banker who lost everyone’s money, and the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694.
After the fire, the present Court House was built – as part of the reconstruction of Warwick town centre in what is now known as Georgian style – in the early 1700s.
After the tour the organiser from the U£A group, Cherie Morgan, wrote to say, “We had a lovely day in Warwick. We found the tour fascinating, learning as we went. Tricia was patent with our questions and made sure we could see the ballroom , once the pilates group had finished. And after an enjoyable lunch, we continued the experience with a tour of St. Mary’s Church. Thank you”.
Later this summer, Unlocking Warwick volunteers will be conducting Court House Tours for two more local groups from the University of the Third Age.
If you have a group that would like a free Court House Tour, introducing them to Warwick’s history, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if a volunteer guide can be made available.