About Bromsgrove

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Bromsgrove Business

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Bromsgrove Regeneration

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Enjoy Bromsgrove

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Latest News

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Interactive Map

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Summer Magazine

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Culture & Heritage

Bromsgrove has emerged from its modest beginnings, as a settlement on the hill, into a prosperous market town. The first documented mention of Bromsgrove was in the 9th century, specifically the Doomsday book. Bromsgrove has had a rich and varied contribution to British industry. It was a major centre for the wool industry until its decline in the 16th century.

The French Huguenots brought manufacturing to the area in the 17th century and Bromsgrove became the world centre of nail-making. Men, Women and Children were all employed in the trade and at one point Bromsgrove provided 90% of the world’s nails. Nail-making survived many things but could not compete with the mechanisation brought in by the Industrial Revolution; by the late 19th and 20th Century Nail-making had almost completely died out. However, Bromsgrove remains proud of its heritage and there are still reminders of the nail-making legacy, in the form of Nailers cottages and The Nailers Arms.

Bromsgrove are also proud of the Bromsgrove Guild of Craftsmen as part of its heritage. The Guild, which was established by Walter Gilbert in 1894, began by making jewellery, tapestries, metalwork and stained glass. Eventually they became one of the most influential craft guilds of the Victorian era and were commissioned to build the gates and railings of Buckingham Palace. The Bromsgrove Guild of Craftsmen were also responsible for other famous pieces such as the Liver birds which embellish the Royal Liver Building, the lifts on the Lusitania and the famous statue adorning the Fortune Theatre in Drury Lane.