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Bromsgrove Society Autumn Programme

The Bromsgrove Society's local history meetings resumed in September. The next meeting is:

  • 16th November 2021: Bromsgrove: The Story of a Market Town. Speakers: Jenny Townshend and Julian Hunt
    LHG Talk Nov21
    Local historians Jenny and Julian will be providing a preview of the Society's forthcoming book, Bromsgrove: The Story of a Market Town, which will be published early next year. It chronicles the history of this north Worcestershire community over the last one thousand years, telling the story of the town and its people based on the latest research. This major, new book is the first such history to be published for more than thirty years. Running to over 320 pages, the book is lavishly illustrated with drawings, maps and photographs, some of which have not been seen before. Register here


  •  7th December: When the Lights Went Out: Birmingham goes to War. Speaker: Andrew Lound.

Following his much-acclaimed evening about the Titanic, Andrew is returning to give us a dramatic presentation about Birmingham’s wartime experiences. Another evening not to be missed!  Register here.


As the public health situation is still uncertain, the Society will continue to hold its local history meetings online via the Zoom platform, at least until the end of the year. We hope to return to the Methodist Centre from January 2022. All meetings start at 7.30pm. See the full programme here.

If you have enjoyed our talks and wish to support our work, you can contribute to the Bromsgrove Society using the button below.


Bromsgrove Rousler 2021

Rousler Cover 2021The latest edition of the Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, is now available. The 2021 edition – number 36 in the series – once again features a fascinating mix of personalities and events that have helped shape Bromsgrove’s history.

Topics in this year’s Rousler are:

  • Bromsgrove's Glassmaking Industry
  • Bromsgrove School's Two Chapels
  • Benjamin Maund
  • Valley House, Bournheath
  • The Origins of Bromsgrove's Court Leet
  • The Riddle of Lambsey Stones.

    Members will receive their copies shortly.  Find a local stockist.

See here for one-click mobile-friendly purchase (2021 edition only).


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Don't miss our Special Free Delivery Offer

We have a special postage-free offer covering the latest and previous editions of the Rousler. You can order:

- 1 Copy for £2.95
- 2 Copies for £5.00
- 5 Copies for £10.00

Multiple copies can be for the same year or separate editions for different years. All delivered postage free. To order click the 'Read More' link below.

Your order can include any recent issue back to 2007 (No. 22).
To help identify stories of interest, an index to all editions of the Rousler back to 1986 is available as a free download.

Rouslers also make an ideal Christmas present especially for friends now living elsewhere and we can post to any address in the UK.
Why not include a local book with your order? Choose from the online bookstall.


Latest Newsletter

The Bromsgrove Society Newsletter


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

  • Autumn and Winter Events programmes
  • Bromsgrove Court Leet Assizes
  • Developments in Responsive Transport
  • Memories of Shenstone College
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Planning and Environment Updates
  • ...and more!

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


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.

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