Local information - history
Bromsgrove is a former market town in Worcestershire which is about 16 miles north east of Worcester, 13 miles south west of Birmingham city centre and 120 miles north west of London. Although only 13 miles outside Birmingham, Bromsgrove is close to the countryside attractions of the Lickey Hills, Clent Hills and Waseley Hills.
A E Housman, an English classical scholar and poet, best known for his cycle of poems “A Shropshire Lad”, was born in Bromsgrove and attended Bromsgrove school. He is also commemorated with a statue in the High Street.
Bromsgrove was home for many years to the world-famous ‘Bromsgrove Guild’, a company of craftsmen who produced many fine works of sculpture, ironwork, etc, including the gates of Buckingham Palace and the lifts on the ill-fated Lusitania.
The area of Dodford is one of just five settlements set up by The Chartist Co-operative Land Society to settle working class families with either 4, 3 or 2 acre plots and the characteristic grid street plan remains to this day. The National Trust owns ‘Rosedene’ one of the original chartist cottages which can visited by appointment.
Places to visit
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal which runs close to Bromsgrove, is a destination for leisure activities such as walking and coarse fishing with several narrow boat hire centres available and the Tardebigge lock flight, with 30 locks, is the longest in the UK.
Just of the outskirts of Bromsgrove is the famous Lickey Incline the steepest sustained main-line railway incline in Great Britain. Bromsgrove is home to Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings which is a good place to get to know Worcestershire history with its eclectic collection of buildings, function facilities, Edwardian Tea Rooms and the restored windmill is a local landmark.
Situated just outside Bromsgrove is The National Trust’s Hanbury Hall, a William and Mary style country house, garden and park with extensive collections and formal gardens designed by George London which have been faithfully re-created. Also owned by the National Trust are the Clent Hills, an area that has been popular with day trippers for over 200 years and offers many walking trails and rambles through stunning countryside along with a number of facilities including many public houses and cafes. The Lickey Hills Country Park is also nearby and is another popular area for walking and horse riding and has a popular visitor centre.
One of the many aspects that make Bromsgrove a popular place to live is its extremely good transport links. By road there is good access to the motorway network via the M5, junctions 4 (Lydiate Ash) and 5 (Wychbold) which links onto the M6 going north and via the M42, junction 1 making for an easy route to Birmingham International Airport and the National Exhibition Centre. The M42 joins onto the M40, the principal route to London from the West Midlands.
Commuting into Birmingham City Centre by road is 30-40 minutes at regular times and up to 60 mins at peak times. The railway station is located in Aston Fields and has recently been rebuilt and upgraded and offers plenty of on-site parking. Regular trains operate to Worcester and Birmingham New Street Station with connections to London Euston and has a stop at Birmingham University for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Local schools and colleges
Bromsgrove is home to Bromsgrove School, one of Britain’s finest co-educational independent schools which was founded in 1553 and offers both boarding and day pupil options. There is a pre-prep nursery school for ages 2 to 7, preparatory school for ages 7 to 13 and senior school ages 13 to 18.
State schools operate on a three-tier system of first school, middle school and high school and there are many good options available. First Schools include Dodford, Meadows, Finstall Lickey End, Charford and Sidemoor. Middle schools include Aston Fields, Parkside, Catshill and St John’s Church of England Middle School Academy. There are two high schools in the area, Bromsgrove North and Bromsgrove South. Schools available in neighbouring villages are Barnt Green St Andrews Church of England First School, Hanbury First School and Alvechurch Church of England Middle School. Specialist schools in the Bromsgrove area are Chadsgrove School in Catshill and Rigby Hall School in Aston Fields.
There are many further education facilities locally providing excellent education and career options for graduates and employers alike. The Heart of Worcestershire College has a Bromsgrove campus and university options in Birmingham include the renowned redbrick University of Birmingham, Aston University, Birmingham City University and University College Birmingham.