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

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The 2016 Bromsgrove Society Annual Lecture, the 30th in the Society’s history, was a great success. The speaker was Max Hunt, a former history master and later Director of Education for Stockport. Max was born in Romsley and remembers the special trains taking Austin workers home from Longbridge stopping at Hunnington Station. Max's first car was an Austin Seven 'Nippy' made at Longbridge in 1935.

Max traced the life of Herbert Austin from his birth in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, through his time in Australia perfecting sheep-shearing equipment, to developing the first Wolseley cars in the early 1900s. In 1906 he bought a former printing works at Longbridge, where he made strong dependable motor cars. Herbert Austin visited the 1906 motorshow with only a catalogue illustrating his first Austin car, as an elevation only, not even a perspective. His offer to customers was that this car would be available in 6-9 months at a price of £650. On this basis he secured orders and so "the Austin" began.

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The Bromsgrove Summer School 2016

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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 and the History of Shelsley Walsh.
  • Bromsgrove Water Mills
  • Bromsgrove Workhouses
  • Francis Brett Young and the English Regional Novel
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Next Meeting: The Quaker Trail of Birmingham

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Our next meeting in the Local History Programme, on 15th March, is The Quaker Trail of Birmingham, by Gil Gillis.

Gil is a professional photographer whose talk focuses on well known, as well as less well known, places associated with the Quakers in Birmingham.

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

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 March2016

The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter

In the March 2016 issue:

  • Previews of the Bromsgrove Lecture and Bromsgrove Summer School
  • Tributes to the late Graham Reddie
  • Reports on the new library and discussions on transport
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Bromsgrove Rousler 2015

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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.

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Feckenham Forester, Issue 3

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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.

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