Visit Bromsgrove and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is an ancient and sizeable market town, still famed for its manufacture of nails. Although an industrial town, its situation on the Lickey Hills is surrounded by lush orchard country. On the summit of a hill stands the fine red sandstone Church of St John the Baptist. It is reached by a long flight of easy steps. The lime trees surrounding the church were planted in 1790. The l4th-century tower and spire soar 200 ft into the sky. Little remains of the original Norman church. The 13th-century chancel has a restored priests' doorway but the old chancel arch with its nail-head capitals is original. Chained to a 17th-century lectern is a copy of Jewel's Apology, once an obligatory accessory in all Anglican churches. There are two monuments, in alabaster, one with the effigies of Sir Humphrey and Lady Stafford dated 1450, the other of Sir John Talbot dated 1550. The churchyard has some fascinating early l8th-century tombstones but none more interesting than two commemorating a railway accident which befell two engine drivers on 11 November 1840. The inscription on each reads:
My engine now is cold and still,
No water does my boiler fill:
My coke affords its flames no more;
My days of usefulness are o'er!
Not far from the church is an old timbered house with a floodmark 4 ft up the wall commemorating a disastrous rise in the water in 1792. The Golden Lion at No. 7 Worcester Road is an enchanting l8th-century house with Gothic Venetian windows. The old Hop Pole Inn was previously in the High Street and was taken down, removed and rebuilt with some considerable restoration, in New Road. However, most of the 1572 decoration has been left unimpaired. The poet A. E. Housman was at school here. The views from the 1,000-ft Beacon Hill, the highest point of the Lickey Hills, rewards the climb. Just outside Bromsgrove is the little village of Barnt Green with a gabled, timber-framed mansion, Barnt Green House, of early l7th-century date and considerable charm.
Nearby cities: Birmingham
Nearby towns: Droitwich, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Redditch
Nearby villages: Barnt Green, Blackwell, Bourneheath, Catshill, Dodford, Lickey End
Have you decided to visit Bromsgrove or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bromsgrove bed and breakfast (a Bromsgrove B&B or Bromsgrove b and b)
- a Bromsgrove guesthouse
- a Bromsgrove hotel (or motel)
- a Bromsgrove self-catering establishment, or
- other Bromsgrove accommodation