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Next Meeting: Worcestershire Railways


The subject of our talk on 17th March is Worcestershire Railways by John Boynton.

This illustrated talk will cover many of the interesting aspects of railways in our County and will include Lickey, Big Bertha and the new Bromsgrove Station. There will also be a display of photographs.

Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 p.m.

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

The Bromsgrove Lecture 2015


The 29th Bromsgrove Lecture will be given by Ralph Richardson on Tuesday, 31st March 2015 and entitled His Glorious Majesty King Richard III.

By the time of the lecture Richard III will have been solemnly buried on March 26th in Leicester Cathedral. So it may be a good time to look again at this short-lived king, the last to be killed in battle and a king who created extraordinary loyalty amongst his supporters.


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.


Rededication of Railway Graves

The Railwaymen's Graves were rededicated at a ceremony at St John's Church on 16 July 2014.

The graves commemorate Thomas Scaife and Joseph Rutherford, who were killed in an accident at Bromsgrove Railway Station in 1840 and are buried in St.John's churchyard.

The Bromsgrove Society made a donation towards the cost of restoring the memorial, which had deteriorated over the years. These unique gravestones are now returned to condition worthy of the men killed and may be viewed at the town's cemetery.

Read on for pictures from the unveiling ceremony.


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