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Bromsgrove Rousler 2017


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rousler2009To rousle is an old Worcestershire word meaning "to wake up".

This year the publication has an exciting new look and is in full colour for the first time. But you’ll find the same familiar mix of contributions, covering many aspects of Bromsgrove's history.

Robin Shaw has edited the first of two extracts from a talk given by the renowned poet Sir Geoffrey Hill, who died last year. Sir Geoffrey was one of the town's most famous sons and the talk revealed some of the ways in which his Bromsgrove roots influenced his work. A trip to the Lickey Hills used to be a popular day out and many from Birmingham arrived there by tram, at the grand terminus at Rednal. Our reprint of a leaflet compiled previously by Bromsgrove District Council remembers those days.

The next two articles delve further into the past: Richard Churchley looks at what the Poor Law records tell us about migration in and out of Bromsgrove during the eighteenth century, while Jenny Harding gives an account of the Dipple family in the town during the 1600s. Finally, Quintin Watt concludes his account, begun in last year's Rousler, of the life of soldier Private Edward Pearce.

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.

 The Bromsgrove Rousler is published in December each year and costs just £2.95. It is available from Bromsgrove town centre outlets including W.H.Smith, Oxfam Bookshop, Foto Factory, Worcester Road News & Array Fruit Farm. It can also be obtained from Blackwell, Fairfield & Stoke Prior post offices, Burcot and Willowbrook Garden Centres, Feckenham Community Shop, Grace's Cards at Droitwich, and Kennedy's Hardware, Rubery.

The Bromsgrove Rousler is also available as a paid download (Adobe 'pdf' format), also at £2.95. THE 2017 ISSUE IS AVAILABLE BELOW. Payment is accepted by Paypal or debit/credit card (you do NOT need to setup a Paypal account to purchase).  

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A limited number of back issues are also available.


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