Published on Friday, 13 January 2012 12:25
This superb latest publication from the Bromsgrove Society followed five years of research by our Local History Group. It has 160 pages and contains over 100 illustrations, 25 of which are in colour. In addition to the fascinating story of the business which brought Bromsgrove to worldwide prominence, it includes:
Published on Friday, 13 January 2012 12:32
Editor: John Foster
This book was first printed in 1981 and has been our all time bestseller. Among those contributing are Dr. Alan Richards, Rev. W. Awdry, Bill Kings, John Burman and Robert Pancheri.
140 pages, many illustrations and an index.
This book is currently out of print but occasionally secondhand copies are available. Contact John Weston.
Published on Friday, 13 January 2012 12:28
Editor: Dr. Alan Richards
112 pages with many illustrations.
Price £4.25 or £5.50 including postage in the UK.
A selection of articles about the town and its history reproduced from the Bromsgrove Society Newsletter.
Work on these is still in progress and further articles will be added over the coming months.
The Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts was founded in 1898 by the sculptor Walter Gilbert. During the next 70 years the firm developed into a thriving commercial enterprise, acquiring an international reputation for the high quality of its craftmanship in metalwork, woodcarving, plasterwork, stained glass and other media.
Celebrated Guild contracts included Liverpool's famous Liver Birds, ornate metalwork on the great Cunarders Lusitania and Queen Mary, and the statue of Hygiea which stands in the garden of Chequers, the Prime Minister's country residence. However, the Bromsgrove Guild's most memorable commission was to create the wrought iron gates of Buckingham Palace. As a result of completing this particular task the Guild received a Royal Warrant in 1908.
When not working such high profile projects, the firm produced large quantities of lead rainwater goods, garden statuary, fountains, sundials, wrought ironwork and bronze light fittings.