What is Bromsgrove Known For
Situated in Worcestershire, Bromsgrove evolved from a small market town in the Middle Ages to the main town in the larger Bromsgrove District we know today, with a population of almost 100,000 residents. With a motorway network linking the town to Birmingham, Redditch, and Worcester, Bromsgrove is a thriving hub of locals, visitors, and tourists, surrounded by beautiful countryside and farmland rising in the north.
Bromsgrove is believed to date as far back as the 5th century, with a little village site on the hill of the present parish church. With Saxon origins, the village was previously known as Bremesbyrig, Bremegrefa, and Bremesgrave. The 16th century saw industry boom in Bromsgrove, with nail-making as the major industry, which flourished for 300 years before coming to an end during the 19th century when machine made nails were introduced.
Bromsgrove is home to many local attractions such as the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, which includes the national telephone kiosk collection. There is also the Worcester and Birmingham Canal which runs close to the town, a hub for leisure activities such as walking and fishing. Fishing is a popular sport in Bromsgrove, with many narrowboat hire centres available in nearby villages, and the famous Tardebigge lock flight, the longest in the UK with 30 locks.
A centre for the arts, Artrix, sits on Bromsgrove’s Slideslow Drive, a multi-purpose centre providing theatre, cinema screenings, National Theatre live performances, rock concerts, folk music, comedians, and classical music concerts, as well as hosting a vibrant youth theatre group. Bromsgrove also has their own music festival, held annually since 1960, which holds an international reputation.