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Tales of historic Hanbury

Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:10:20 0 comments


The 2018 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, has been published by The Bromsgrove Society.

Hanbury gets lead billing this year. Local artist and writer Robin Shaw explores the history and ecology of Hanbury Woods, plus there’s a review of A History of Hanbury by local historian Andrew Harris – and a painting of Pipers Hill by Norman Neasom on the cover.

Two articles focus on the lives of local women with remarkable stories Mary Johnson was an 18th-century heiress who suffered terribly at the hands of her gold-digging husband, William Chance.

The life story of Jean Davidson is also profiled. Best known as a former Chair of the Bromsgrove Magistrates and for her charity work, Jean has a fascinating backstory, including working for the intelligence services during the Second World War.

Other contributions include a history of the Park Gate Inn, off Kidderminster Road; photographs of the town in the 1960s by Bromsgrove-born documentary photographer Nick Hedges; and extracts from a talk by poet Sir Geoffrey Hill, one of Bromsgrove’s most famous sons.

The Bromsgrove Rousler is available, still at £2.95, from a wide range of outlets including: WH Smith, Foto Factory and Coffee Two in Bromsgrove High Street; Banner Foods in Aston Fields; It’s A Gift in Barnt Green; Blackwell Stores; and most local garden centres.

This and past editions may also be purchased as a download at An index to all editions of the Rousler back to 1986 is available as a free download.

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