From Bromsgrove to Aston Fields – A Story of Victorian Expansion
- Price: £14.95
- Publisher: Brewin Books
- ISBN: 9781858584393
- Availability: In Stock
This absorbing and liberally illustrated
book tells in a light-hearted way the story of the origins of Aston Fields and
the Victorian development of the eastern side of Bromsgrove. It all started
with the coming of the railway – before then there was nothing but a narrow
winding lane, fields, and half a dozen houses.
The book tells the history of the new roads
and some of the people who lived in them. It covers the wheeling and dealing
over land, the fierce controversies in Bromsgrove town over the new road to the
station, and the rows about gas lighting, water and proper drains, while also
describing industries of importance to the town’s economy – the Wagon Works,
the clothing factory and Bromsgrove Guild.
A member of the Victorian Society for many
years, Jennie McGregor-Smith is Caseworker for the Bromsgrove District.
Stimulated by the loss of the Almshouses in Stratford Road, she was an
instigator in the founding of The Bromsgrove Society in 1980. This is her
second book on local history, and she has also written a study of John Cotton,
the Victorian Bromsgrove architect.
She has been involved for thirty years in the promotion of classical music in the town, and was a prime mover in the campaign for Artrix, Bromsgrove’s arts centre.
|Dimensions||240mm x 170mm|
|Illustrations||292 black & white|