Catshill is a village in Worcestershire about 2.5 miles north of Bromsgrove and 10 miles south-west of Birmingham. The parish of Catshill was formed around the Turnpike Road in 1844; the population of Catshill in 2011 was 6858. Catshill is home to Catshill Middle School; the first school Catshill First School and Nursery is located in the centre of the village on Gibb Lane. The Middle School was built in 1939, was converted from a Secondary Modern to a Middle School in 1970; the village has a small library. Catshill has a village hall in which many different learning activities take place, from karate to IT skills. Catshill is served by regular bus services by Diamond Bus and MRD Travel. There are routes to Birmingham, Merry Hill, Bromsgrove and Droitwich. With nearby access to the M5 and M42 motorways, Catshill is within commuting distance by car to both Worcester and Birmingham and as a result the population of the village has grown in recent years. In 1828 a Baptist chapel was opened in Little Catshill.
Catshill developed in the nineteenth century through nailmaking and by 1914 was one of the few villages in the area which produced nails. The poet Alfred Edward Housman lived in Catshill; the professional footballer Roy Hartle was born here. For more than a quarter of a century Sarah Hilda Haines was the much respected district nurse who received the royal Maundy in 1980 at Worcester, her son Roy Martin Haines, a Foundation Scholar of Bromsgrove School, became a mediaeval historian and professor at Dalhousie University, Canada. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, he was awarded the degrees of D. Phil.and D. Litt. of Oxford
Stoke Prior, Worcestershire
Stoke Prior is a village in the civil parish of Stoke in Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire. The parish includes the settlement of Stoke Wharf and hamlet of Woodgate, along with neighbouring Stoke Heath. In the 19th century, Stoke Prior was associated with the industrialist John Corbett. In 1853, after he had sold his share of the family canal business, he purchased disused salt works in Stoke Prior from the British Alkali Company. Corbett brought all the innovations of the industrial revolution to mechanise and commercialise the business, soon making his salt workings the largest in Europe and built a great fortune; the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels dates from the 12th century. The Worcester and Birmingham Canal passes through the parish. In the 19th century, John Corbett turned the salt works in Stoke Prior into one of the largest in Europe; the tall chimney of the Stoke Salt Works was for many years a dominating landmark. Stoke Prior still houses the headquarters of LG Harris Ltd, a paint brush and decorators tool manufacturer.
Stoke Prior houses two football teams, Stoke Prior FC and Stoke Prior Youth FC, the main team being managed by Jamie Maycroft and the youth team being managed by Alan Banks. Both teams play their home games at Stoke Prior Sports and Country Club, with the adult team playing their games in the Bromsgrove and District Football League, whilst the youth team play in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League. Zoë Lister was born in Stoke Prior. John Corbett, the Salt King, buried in the churchyard of St Michaels, Stoke Prior
Frankley is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire, near the border with Birmingham. The modern Frankley estate is part of the New Frankley civil parish in Birmingham, has been part of the city since 1995; the parish has a population of 122. Frankley is listed within the hundred of Cane in Worcestershire in the 1086 Domesday Survey. In the mid-12th century Cane was combined with other Domesday hundreds to form the hundred of Halfshire, extant through the 19th century; the 15th-century church building lies to the north of the village. The building is constructed from sandstone in a red and grey colour, until 1965 the tower contained two bells. A new church hall was constructed in 2005; the village gives its name to Frankley services, a motorway service area on the M5 motorway to the north west of the village. The services opened with the motorway in 1966. Frankley Reservoir Frankley Water Treatment Works Frankley in the Domesday Book
Abberley is a village and civil parish in north west Worcestershire, England. It is situated on the northern slopes between the River Severn and River Teme; the village had a population of 830 in 2001. Abberley lies halfway between Worcester and Tenbury, at the junction with the road from Worcester to Cleobury Mortimer; the parish was described in 1905 as being "about six miles in length, nowhere more than one mile in breadth". At the 2001 census, it had the youngest population of any Worcestershire village. Abberley is a village of three distinct parts; the oldest part, known as The Village, clusters round the 12th century and 13th century parish church of St. Michael. To the west, divided from the Village by farmland and the Cleobury road, is The Common, where the largest part of the population lives, new housing is being added, there is a village shop cum post office. Between the Village and the Common, on the Cleobury road, are the Parochial VC primary school and the Village Hall. Overlooking the village is the third part of Abberley, The Hill, with scattered farms and cottages across the steep slopes of Abberley Hill.
On the far side of Abberley Hill from the village, to the south of the Worcester-Tenbury road, lies Abberley Hall. Abberley Hill forms part of the Malvern Hills Geopark; the Hill lies on the path of a well-used long-distance hiking trail. Abberley has two churches, a primary school, a modern village hall, nearby a country hotel and restaurant, The Elms. Abberley is home to Abberley Hall School, a preparatory school set in the grounds of Abberley Hall, which contain the Abberley Clock Tower, the setting for the children's book by Gene Kemp, The Clock Tower Ghost; the name Abberley relates to the 6th century Saxon chief Eobald, by way of Eobaldelega Eobaldsleigh. Abberley is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086–7 as Edboldelege, when it was held by Ralph de Tosny. In 1405 Abberley Hill was at the centre of a protracted stand-off between two major armies, that of Henry IV camped on Abberley Hill itself and the Welsh army of Owain Glyndŵr camped on nearby Woodbury Hill. Cut off from their supply line, the Welsh withdrew, never again to penetrate so far into England.
Abberley was in the upper division of Doddingtree Hundred. On 10 March 1803 Colonel Henry Bromley inherited the Manorship of Abberley; as he had no son, on his death in 1836, the manor was put up for sale by his executors and bought by John Lewis Moilliet of Geneva. He built a new house, Abberley Hall. Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 Abberley Parish ceased to be responsible for maintaining the poor in its parish; this responsibility was transferred to Martley Poor Law Union. A little to the north, across the Green from the village, is the large Victorian St. Mary's church, built between 1850 and 1852, it was designed by John Jenkins Cole and enlarged by the same architect in 1877 following a fire in January 1873. It was built to replace St. Michael's church when the latter fell into disrepair, though the chancel of St. Michael's was restored and is still used for some services. Gilbert Ashton Headmaster of Abberley Hall School Henry Bromley MP for Worcester City and Lord of the Manor'Parishes: Abberley', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 4, pp. 220–24.
Date accessed: 23 August 2007 Abberley Parochial Primary School Abberley Hall and Clock Tower The Clock Tower Ghost Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark The Worcestershire Way Abberley Village Homepage Abberley in the Domesday Book
Alvechurch is a large village and civil parish of Bromsgrove district, northeast Worcestershire, England, in the valley of the River Arrow, 17 km/11 miles south of Birmingham, 8 km/5 miles north of Redditch and 9.5 km/6 miles east of Bromsgrove. At the 2001 Census, the population was 5,316. Alvechurch means "Ælfgyth's church". In the eighth century, Ælfgyth founded a church on the site of the church of St. Laurence. King Offa of Mercia gave the land forming the parish to Bishops of Worcester in 780; the parish is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068 as "Alvievecherche" with a small population of under 20 people. In the 13th Century the Bishop of Worcester built a palace in the village, a weekly market and an annual fair were established; the Bishop's Palace was pulled down in the 17th century, the only remnants being part of the moat and a yew tree which stood in the palace grounds. From the 19th century to the mid-twentieth century there was a brick factory in the hamlet of Withybed on the edge of the village.
Other local industries included needle making. Dellow cars were made in Alvechurch between 1949 and 1956; the village has a number of medieval half-timbered buildings, as well as many Georgian and Victorian buildings. The church of St Laurence dates back to 1239, it is situated on high ground, was the site of an earlier Mercian church, although nothing remains of the earlier wooden building. Much of the church was rebuilt between 1861 by William Butterfield. There is a 1,348-pipe organ; the tower has a peal of eight bells, rung by the North Worcestershire and District Change Ringing Association. The Ark, a £1m extension to the church was built in 2005 despite a village referendum in February 2004 voting against the erection of the building. There are many newer residential buildings and a First and Middle school with library. In 2008 a new first and middle school were built north-east of the village, the old school has since been demolished and the new estate has road names commemorating the house names of the school.
There is an attractive crafts style Baptist church in the centre of the village. There is a renowned local amateur dramatic group, the Alvechurch Drama Society which produces two plays per year at the village hall; the group is celebrated for its original pantomimes which are written by Chris Davies and Paul Chamberlain. Alvechurch Sports and Social Club hosts live music on a regular basis and is home to Alvechurch Acoustic Roots a curated music event which welcomes performers from the local area and beyond; the football team that serves the village is Alvechurch FC, founded in 1929 and played in the local park prior to a move to Lye Meadow. They reached the Third Round of the FA Cup in 1973, losing 4-2 to Bradford City, the club was at its greatest in the 80's when it spent a large stint in the Southern League Premier. In November 1993 they folded, but a group of supporters resurrected the club in 1994, in season 2002-03 the club gained promotion to the Midland Football Alliance, now known as the Midland Football League Premier, won the division in the 2016-17 season.
In the 2017-18 season, they finished 2nd in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division 1 South, gaining promotion to the 3rd tier of the non league pyramid. As of the 2018-19 season they play in the Evo-Stik Southern Football League Central Premier; the village has a local cricket team. The M42 motorway runs across the north side of the village. Alvechurch railway station, opened in 1859, is on the Cross-City Line, it provides local trains to Lichfield via Birmingham. The station is unmanned. On 1 September 2014, a passing loop and second platform were completed and opened; the village is accessible by narrowboat along a rural canal. Alvechurch Marina is on the Birmingham Canal, just across a hedgerow from the station; the A441 road used to pass through the village, but now a relief road by-passes the village, helping to reduce traffic and pollution. Specific traffic-calming measures have been added to the village's main thoroughfares. These'pinch-points' reduce the road width to one raised central lane, preventing drivers from speeding and promoting considerate road use.
Alvechurch F. C. play their home games at Lye Meadow on Redditch Road. Alvechurch was the birthplace of Fay Weldon the novelist and Godfrey Baseley, creator of The Archers. Alan Smith who scored the winning goal for Arsenal in the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup final played for Alvechurch F. C. Lord Digby Jones lived in Alvechurch. Home of Tracie Andrews who murdered Lee Harvey in 1996 in the high-profile case which Tracie blamed on a'road rage' killer. Birthplace of writer James Delingpole. Alvechurch Parish Council A description of the village Seven fine pen & ink studies of Alvechurch buildings 2001 Census Statistics Alvechurch in the Domesday Book
Bournheath is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire, about three miles north of Bromsgrove. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 454
Cofton Hackett is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove District of north east Worcestershire, England. It is 10.3 miles southwest of the city centre of Birmingham and 16 miles northeast of Worcester. The village has a population 1,747. Cofton Hackett is an ancient settlement mentioned in historical documents dating back to 780 AD. Coſtune was among places granted by King Offa to the minster of St Peter, Bredon in 780; the bounds for this estate covered the parishes of Alvechurch and Cofton. The spelling of the name has varied over the centuries: for many centuries, the usual spelling was Coston. However, the old form of the letter "S" in the middle of words, ‹ ſ ›, was only at some point in the last hundred years misread as a lower case "F", thus turning ‹Coſton› into the present-day ‹Cofton›. William de Haket is known to have held ‹Coſa› in 1166, his family name was added to ‹coſa tun›, which in Anglo-Saxon meant'cosy farm'. In modern parlance the word'cove' has a similar derivation and is used to describe a sheltered coastal feature, but referred to any sheltered spot.
The name of the manor transformed over the centuries into Coston Hackett and is recorded as such from the 11th century and well into the early 20th. The final permanent change to Cofton appears to have taken place sometime between 1913 and 1930 based on direct comparisons between the Ordnance Survey maps of those dates. Cofton Hackett was part of the upper division of Halfshire Hundred that contained Bromsgrove, Doverdale, Elmbridge, Hadsor, Hampton Lovett, Kings Norton, Salwarpe and Upton Warren. Cofton contained Cofton Hackett and Cofton Richards; the latter belonged successively to the Costons, but passed to Lucy wife of Alexander de Hodington by 1327. It was held by her heirs by 1428, John Walsingham being its lord, it remained in his family until William Child, the lord of Coston Hackett, bought it before 1594. Coston Hackett passed down the Hacket family the late 13th century, when it passed by marriage to Robert Leicester. In 1409 it is recorded. Coston Hackett belonged to John Walsingham's descendants until after the death of William Leicester in 1525, who left it to his nephew John More.
The manor was divided among his daughters. A major share was settled in 1573 on James Dineley, they sold the manor in 1594 to Edward Skinner of Ledbury, clothier, on whose death in 1633 it passed to his son-in-law Thomas Joliffe, a favourite of Charles I, who accompanied him to the scaffold. His descendant another Thomas Joliffe died childless in 1758, leaving his estate to his niece Rebecca Lowe for life and to Michael Biddulph, who inherited it in 1791, his grandson sold it in 1812 to 6th Earl of Plymouth. The oldest buildings in the village are the late 14th century Cofton Hall. King Charles I spent the night of 14 May 1645 at Cofton Hall as guest of his devoted supporter Thomas Jolliffe; the following day, before marching to Chester on 15 May, the Royalist soldiers set the Hall ablaze to prevent it falling into the hands of the Parliamentarian Army. St Michael and All Angels' Church, Cofton Hackett is located on Cofton Church Lane. A church may have existed on the site in the 12th century, as a "chapel" at Cofton is mentioned in a Papal Bull of 1182.
The present building dates back to the 14th century and was built in 1330 by Robert de Leycester as a chapel for the Manor House. It was a chapel annexed to Northfield until 1866. Between 1917 and the early 1960s Cofton Hackett was the location of the Austin Aero Company's aircraft factory that produced military aircraft during both World Wars and civilian aircraft during the inter-war years. Cofton Hackett’s largest structure was the now demolished aircraft factory, known as the Longbridge East Works, that produced both aero engines and complete military aircraft during both the First World War and Second World War. To allow the aircraft to be flown out of Cofton after production, an airfield was built in 1917 and used in both world wars, it was designed with four crossing tarmac runways allowing aircraft to take off in any direction. The Cofton Hackett factory constructed over 3,000 aircraft during the war years and thousands of engines and wings for other marques of aircraft. After the war, the factory was converted for the production of military vehicles by Austin, who had won a contract for the production of the 1/4 ton truck from the War Department's CombaT range of vehicles, popularly known as the Austin Champ.
Production of some 13,750 vehicles took place between September 1951 – May 1956. The factory closed in the 1960s. A new engine assembly plant was constructed in its place to build E-Series Engines and transmissions for the Austin Maxi. With the demise of the Rover group in the 1990s the land is to be developed for housing. With new employment opportunities at the Austin works, expansion took place in the late 1930s on the northern edge of the hamlet close to the boundary with Cofton Park which became the major centre of population. With the village spread over several separate locations the actual centre of Cofton Hackett is no longer defined; the old tram terminus and the newsagent's, the Post Office in Parsonage Drive, the village hall all have central importance. Cofton Hackett developed from the opening of the Austin motor works at Longbridge in 1905 and most of the shops are on the northern edge of the village, transferred from Kings Norton to Cofton Hackett in 1911 together the extension of the Cit