Bromsgrove Rousler 2019


Rousler 2019sm

Rousler 2017 smTo rousle is an old Worcestershire word meaning "to wake up".

The cover illustration shows a well‐known local landmark – the timber‐framed building at the corner of High Street and St John Street, now occupied by MFG solicitors. It is an example of the work of local architects Freddie & Mary Charles, who are profiled in an article by Emily Hathaway, the Historic Landscape Officer at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. Freddie was an expert on the conservation and repair of timber‐framed buildings and also played an important role in the setting up of Avoncroft Museum.

Next year, 2020, will be the Bromsgrove Society’s fortieth anniversary. Editor Mike Sharpe has trawled the Society’s archive and spoken to some of the founders in order to tell, for the first time, the story of how the Society came to be established and its crucial early years. This edition also bears the Society’s 40th anniversary logo.

Two articles look at notable places around the district. Jill Harvey describes the history and restoration of the Bilberry Hill Gun Proof Range in the Lickey Hills. And Leigh Walker presents his research on Woodcote Manor House, a historic site on the road from Bromsgrove to Kidderminster.

Other contributions focus on the work of the poet Joe Harrison and the artist Sybil Barham, both of whom had Bromsgrove connections.

 The Bromsgrove Rousler is published in December each year and costs just £2.95. It is available from a wide range of local outlets including: W.H. Smith’s, Foto Factory, Bromsgrove Cobbler and Coffee Two in Bromsgrove High Street; Banner Foods; most local garden centres; post offices at Catshill, Barnt Green, Blackwell and Stoke Prior; Kennedy’s Hardware in Rubery; and Grace Cards & Books in Droitwich.

If you have a story which you would like to share, please contact the Editor, Mike Sharpe by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss publication.


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