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Bromsgrove Lecture 2016

Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, 22 March 2016: 'Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story'


The 2016 Annual Lecture will be given by Max Hunt, a former history master and later Director of Education for Stockport. Max was born in Romsley and remembers the special trains taking workers home from Longbridge stopping at Hunnington Station. Max's first car was an Austin Seven 'Nippy' made at Longbridge in 1935.

Max traces the life of Herbert Austin from his birth in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, through his time in Australia perfecting sheep-sheering equipment, to developing the first Wolseley cars. In 1906 he bought a former printing works at Longbridge, where he made strong dependable motor cars. During the Great War his factory built ambulances, armoured cars and aeroplanes. In 1921 he produced the Austin Seven, a scaled-down motor car which was to prove immensely popular. His workforce at Longbridge had made 100,000 of them by 1929. Herbert Austin died at Lickey Grange in 1941, but Max takes the Longbridge story right forward to the years of British Leyland and 'Red Robbo'.

The Annual Lecture 'Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story' will be given at 7.30 p.m. on 22nd March 2016 at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

Tickets at £6 can be obtained from Foto Factory, in High Street, Bromsgrove or by telephoning 01527 877227, 01527 876626 or 0121 354 3034. Tickets for recent lectures have been sold out about one week beforehand.

The Bromsgrove Summer School 2016


The Bromsgrove Summer School will once again be held in July 2016 at Bromsgrove School. It offers six courses over three days - 12-14 July - celebrating the rich agricultural, industrial, architectural and cultural history of Bromsgrove and district.

This year's topics are:

  • Georgian Bromsgrove
  • The Housmans in Victorian Bromsgrove
  • The Midland Automobile Club
  • Bromsgrove Water Mills
  • Bromsgrove Workhouses
  • Francis Brett Young and the English Regional Novel

Bromsgrove Rousler 2015

Rousler 2015

The 2015 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available. Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • The forgotten needlemakers of Bromsgrove and Stoke Prior;
  • The Bromsgrove Races;
  • The remarkable will of Thomas Hawkes;
  • The sad story of Eliza Giles, a lunatic pauper;
  • The East Worcestershire election of April 1880;
  • Tales of livestock transporting before & after WWII
  • The story of the Rea family of Stourbridge Road

As well as being sold through local outlets, the Rousler is again available as a paid download through this website. Back issues are also available to download.


Next Meeting: Plague, Pestilence & Pox


Our next meeting in the Local History Programme, on 16th February, is Plague, Pestilence and Pox: deadly diseases in days gone by. Richard Churchley, a popular speaker and local historian, explores fatal illnesses in the days before the NHS. 

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m. Click for further details of the 2015-16 programme.

Feckenham Forester, Issue 3


Following the success of the first two editions of this local history magazine, the 2016 issue is now available.

The 2016 issue contains new articles on the history of the Redditch, Inkberrow, Feckenham, Hanbury area and surrounding villages in east Worcestershire (the ancient Feckenham Forest area) from Tudor times to the 20th century.

It may be purchased (price £3.50) from Feckenham Forest History Society meetings or from several outlets in the Feckenham area. For more information contact the editor: Richard Churchley, tel: 01527 892361 or email: rachurchley [at] totalise.co.uk.

For details of the society see www.feckenham-forest-history-society.org.uk.

Meeting on the Town's Roads

A meeting has been held between Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire Highways and the Bromsgrove Society in a bid to sort out a long-term solution to the town's traffic problems. The get-together, which is the first time representatives from the three organisations have sat around the same table, was set up and chaired by MP. Sajid Javid who decided, after speaking to the Bromsgrove Society, the issues needed tackling head-on. 

The group discussed potential solutions including the idea of a Western Bypass and 'pinch point' works, like those currently happening on the M5 Junction 4a and 5, and introducing 'Smart Motorways' which carefully manage traffic flow. They also discussed lengthening the M42 Junction 1 exit sliproad.

Read the Bromsgrove Standard's article on the meeting here.

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In the September 2015 issue:

  • Report on the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • The Bromsgrove Cemetery Walk
  • The Tudor House, New Road

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