We are a group with an interest in History and Archaeology whether local, national or international. Meetings generally take the form of a talk by a specialist speaker followed by questions and discussion.

Occasionally meetings are led by members. On these occasions a number of short items of particular local interest can be discussed and a watching brief kept on developments affecting our immediate environs. 

It is not necessary to be an academic historian to enjoy membership of this society: anyone with an interest in the past can get enjoy our meetings. 

Visit by a member of the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society (New York State) 1st September 2016.

The story of Kidderminster born Walter William Law, and his involvement in the founding of the village of Briarcliff Manor some 40 miles north of New York on the river Hudson, can be accessed in the side menu. For some time we have been in correspondence with the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society much to our mutual benefit in establishing the historical details of this interesting and successful man who numbered among his friends the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

We felt privileged that Karen Sharman of Briarcliff was able to make a 'flying' visit to Kidderminster in September and that we were able to provide a short guided tour of places that Walter would have know as a young man including the Town Hall Music Room and St Mary's Church (courtesy Theo Mayfield).  Additionally, we were kindly shown around Baxter Church by Rev. Andrew Mann-Way.  Baxter Church was not built when Law emigrated to New York in 1860 but he and some of his siblings were baptised in its predecessor the Old Meeting Church and had been members of the congregation.  When this latter church was demolished Walter Law purchased the panelling extracted from the building and installed it in his house in Briarcliff Manor. Karen had earlier supplied us with beautiful photographs of stained glass windows related to Walter Law installed in the Congregational church in Briarcliff Manor. These fascinating windows may be seen in our story of 'Walter William Law'.

We all had an excellent and interesting time and Karen was able to go away with a new connection between Kidderminster and USA: the Whittall family.

Below is shown Karen, her friend Beryl from Cornwall and members of our society.  

L to R: Beryl, Karen and KDAHSoc members Veronica Bradley and Chairman Sally Dickson.

Stop press!

One of our earlier publications: 'Caldwall Hall' by Don Gilbert and Richard Warner (1999) has been 'out of print' for some time. It is now available as a digital download on the website of the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry. 


  Caldwall Hall digital

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