A new DVD presents an entertaining look back at bygone Bromsgrove.
It explores the origins of the town and follows its growth from a thriving medieval market centre, an important stage coaching town, the nail-making capital of Britain, to the bustling residential town of today.
The town’s more recent past is brought to life with stories from the archives of Berrows Journal and the Bromsgrove Messenger, which provide a unique commentary on local events – as they actually happened – and a rare insight into the everyday lives of local people in times gone by.
We hear eye-witness accounts of events such as the great flood of 1797, the last days of the stagecoach, the coming of the railway, and the end of Bromsgrove Horse Fair. We learn of the terrible conditions in Bromsgrove’s Victorian slums, find out how Bromsgrove fared in two World Wars, and recall the wide-spread changes of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
The DVD contains a wonderful collection of old photographs, a unique map of 18th century Bromsgrove, archive film, and up to date footage.
This entertaining journey through time is produced by Britain on Film. The DVD is 55 minutes long and is narrated by Roger Vernon.