Bromsgrove is situated on the southern side of the West Midlands with an estimated population of 90000. Many buildings and structures in the area are made from Bromsgrove’s sandstone which is about 2 million years ago and is red in colour. It is believed that this sandstone originated from rivers running through dry areas or temporarily formed shallow lakes, only there for a short amount of time. The soil found in Bromsgrove is good for growing plants and vegetables to be sold at market due to bands of calcium carbonate in the soil.
A geological feature of note is a small stream called Spadesbourne Brook, that runs almost parallel with Market Street in the centre of Bromsgrove and which exits the town in a north-easterly direction. Along the High Street of Bromsgrove you can find a statue Alfred Edward Houseman which was scuplted in 1985. Also located in the High Street is a sculpture of a boar and dryad – a symbol which originated from Greek Mythology.
Bromsgrove was named in Doomsday Book as Bremesgraue – Breme meaning famous person, graue meaning a fortified clearing in a forest – and covered an area of 30 hides.
Grafton Manor originally dated to Norman times, however the existing building dates to the early 1500s and was extensively altered around 1567. In 1555, John Talbot of Grafton inherited the Manor and his daughter was married to Robert Wintour who had some affiliations with to The Gunpowder Plot. A fire in 1710 destroyed parts of Grafton Manor, and restoration work took place in 1860 and the later 20th century. The manor is full of rich history and is currently a hotel as well as a family home.
Bromsgrove underwent significant expansion during the 16th & 17th centuries and was largely due to the introduction of the nail making industry; it developed to such an extent that Bromsgrove became the world centre for nail manufacturing. During the 19th century, nail making was one of the principal trades in and around the High Street Bromsgrove extending to surrounding villages. Nail making equipment and a reconstructed nail shop that once stood in Melbourne Road can be seen at the Avoncroft Buildings Museum http://www.avoncroft.org.uk/
To see details of the Bromsgrove festival which celebrates the arts and culture, click this link: http://www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk/