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Perryfields & Whitford Vale

The Bromsgrove Society urges planners to reject applications on Perryfields and the Greyhound Junction

The Bromsgrove Society was extremely disappointed when the planning inspector went against the recommendations of the District Council, Whitford Vale Voice and the Society and granted outline permission for a development on Whitford Vale.

Since that decision, the developers for Perryfields and the Greyhound Inn have submitted new applications to the Council and have appealed to the planning inspector. The Bromsgrove Society has reviewed the plans and appeal documents and concludes that the applications and appeal should be refused on grounds of highways and heritage. In a 6 page document the Society outlined the issues with the highways and a 3 page document focused on the heritage aspects of the Greyhound Inn which developers want to demolish.


Barnsley Hall revisited

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A new addition to our bookstall is In The Cuckoo's Nest - Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove, 1907-1999 by A.J. Holden & W.J. Holden.

During his long service at Barnsley Hall, engineer A.J. Holden gained a unique insight into the development of mental health treatment and attitudes to mental health in general. The book is based on his notebooks, written up and expanded on by his son Bill Holden.

The latter part of the book consists of Bill's own research into the developments at Barnsley Hall during the Second World War when it became an important military hospital. The book offers a detailed account of this major Bromsgrove landmark.

Bill published the book in 2017 and it is available in our bookstall (see fourth tab) at the discounted price of £20.00 plus p&p.

Spring 2021 Programme

Due to the on-going restrictions, all meetings for the Spring 2021 programme
will be held online via the Zoom platform.

Upcoming meetings in our Spring 2021 Programme are listed below. Pre-registration is essential and bookings will open here around one month before each event.

  • Tuesday, 18 May 2021: L.T.C. Rolt: Pioneer of Railway and Canal Preservation. Speaker: Julian Hunt.  Rolt was a prolific author and wrote his most famous book, Narrow Boat (1944) whilst moored at Tardebigge. He was co-founder of the Vintage Sports Car Club and the Inland Waterways Association and the driving force behind the preservation of the Talyllyn Railway. Register here

LHG Talk May21

All meetings will be held at 7.30 p.m. 'Doors' to the online meeting room will open at 7.15 p.m. to give people time to login and connect to the meeting. Note: Once received, the meeting registration link is unique to you and cannot be used by anyone else.

These meetings are open to both members and non-members and are being offered free of charge. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to join the Society. Membership costs just £9.00 per year, which includes a complimentary copy of the annual Rousler magazine.

Some recordings from previous meetings, including our Summer Season Talks held in July 2020, are now available on our YouTube Channel.

If you wish to donate to the Bromsgrove Society you may do so via Paypal using the button below.


Latest Newsletter

The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter


The March 2021 issue of the Society's newsletter is now available, containing details of:

  • Local Heritage and History Projects
  • Steeplejacks at St John's Church
  • Memories of a Charford Childhood
  • Update regarding Whitford Vale
  • The Society's 40th Anniversary Tree
  • ...and more!

Click the links to download the March Newsletter (PDF format).


Subscription to the History of Bromsgrove Book


The book will be published later this year in both hardback and paperback versions.
Further details will be released in due course.

To commemorate the Bromsgrove Society's 40th Anniversary, the Executive is planning to produce a new publication.

Provisionally entitled 'A History of Bromsgrove', the book will cover the history of the town and district from earliest times through to the present day based on the latest research. Local historians Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt are hard at work on the text and the book will be lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps and photographs. Publication is scheduled for Summer 2020.

Click Read More to sign up as a Subscriber.


Bromsgrove Rousler 2020

2020 Rousler smThe latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2020 edition – number 35 in the series – once again features a fascinating mix of personalities and events that have helped shape Bromsgrove’s history. Ideal lockdown reading!

Topics in this year’s Rousler are:

  • The History of Bromsgrove Fair
  • Titanic - the Worcestershire Connection
  • Bromsgrove's Post-War Housing Crisis
  • Bromsgrove and the Priestley Riots of 1791
  • Memories of Lickey End
  • Lickey End in Old Photographs.

    Members will receive their copies shortly.  Find a local stockist. Click Read More to purchase and for our special offer on back issues.


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