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New Book on St John's Church


Fairly Mounted on a Hill is a new book by local historian and past church warden of St John's church, Simon Henderson. He  has researched the history of the building using the stories of the people who lived in Bromsgrove and whose lives have touched the church. A lively book about the people who bring a building to life.

Play your part in the Story of St John's:
Simon has given the book to the Friends of St John's to publish and sell as a fundraising initiative. To finance the publication we are inviting people to subscribe. Subscription is just £25. For this you will get: a signed copy of "Fairly Mounted on a Hill"; an invitation to the launch event; and your name printed in the first edition of the book.

By subscribing you will permit this wonderful book to be published. The fabulous stories within the book, which bring back to life the people of Bromsgrove, will be told to many, and forever live on. 

For details of how to subscribe see here.


The Bromsgrove Society is now on Twitter. You can follow us at .

An 1880s Ordinance Survey map of Bromsgrove is now available online, allowing you to view the history of each building in the High Street, along with its location in Bromsgrove today. [external link]

Our Bromsgrove Cemetery Walk pages have a new poster on the cemetery tree trail.


Bromsgrove Lecture Report 2015

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Speaker, Ralph Richardson (centre), with Bromsgrove Society Chairman, Reg Longshaw; and President, John Weston

The Bromsgrove Lecture for 2015, a premier event in the Bromsgrove Society’s year, was held on the evening of 31st March and proved to be an outstanding success.

The lecture was a complete sellout, with a capacity audience in Routh Hall at Bromsgrove School and so a great success for The Bromsgrove Society.

This lecture, a unique event in the area with its topical subject and local knowledgeable speaker, attracted the attention of a considerable number.

The speaker, Ralph Richardson, gave a detailed, clear and humorous account of His Glorious Majesty – Richard III which received a rousing ovation from the audience.

The lecture proved so popular that enquirers for tickets were turned away and no tickets were available at the door. The moral is get your lecture tickets early!

Those who sold tickets are to be thanked, as are Bromsgrove School who have provided the venue for 29 successive years.

The Bromsgrove Summer School 2015


The Bromsgrove Summer School will once again be held in July 2015 at Bromsgrove School. It offers six courses over three days - 7-9 July - celebrating the rich agricultural, industrial, architectural and cultural history of Bromsgrove and district.

This year's topics are:

  • The Housman Family at Peace And War
  • Herbert Austin & Longbridge
  • The Magna Carta and the Barons Wars 1215-2015
  • Stone Buildings In Bromsgrove
  • John Corbett and the Making of Droitwich Spa
  • Dissent & The Civil War In Bromsgrove

Latest Newsletter


The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the March 2015 issue:

  • Preview of the Bromsgrove Summer School
  • Reconstruction of the Nailer's Cottage at Avoncroft
  • John Corbett: The Worcestershire Salt King

Bromsgrove Rousler 2014

Rousler 2014

The 2014 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler is now available. Topics in this year’s Rousler include:

  • The railway accident in Bromsgrove in November 1840;
  • The rise and fall of the cloth trade;
  • Local Catholic families in the wake of the Gunpowder plot;
  • The composer Isaiah Burnell;
  • And from WWII, the arrival of GIs and the American Rehabilitation Centre in the town.

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.


Feckenham Forester, 2015

Feckenham Forester 2015 cover

Following the success of the first edition which required two reprints to meet demand, the 2015 issue of this local history magazine is now available.

Items include old railway photographs, the development of Redditch New Town, the spread of the local needle industry, lost local pubs in Hanbury and Cookhill and the World War I experiences of Headless Cross resident Lily Emms who lost two men to the war.


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With postage costs continually increasing, we are keen to encourage more people to pay their subscriptions by either setting up a standing order with their bank or using Paypal on this website.

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