A NEW history book about Bromsgrove’s historic St John’s Church and the people who had links to it has been launched.
The 300-page ‘Fairly Mounted on a Hill’, which features many photos and illustrations, has been penned by Simon Henderson, local historian and past church warden.
Rather than being about the bricks and mortar, it is a lively publication about the people whose lives have passed through the town and the church of St John’s.
Simon has been exploring medieval parish churches of England since his teens, fascinated not just by their architecture and construction but by their unique role as the oldest continually used buildings in the English landscape.
As part of this unique project, the Friends of St John’s are inviting residents to subscribe to the book in advance and, in return for their £25, they will be invited to the launch on September 8, where they will get to meet the author and have their book signed. They will also have their name printed in the back of the book.
Fairly Mounted on a Hill will also feature an index of names found in the book, so anyone interested in their own family history might find reference to their Bromsgrove relatives in this book.
Friends of St John’s chairman Jo Slade said: “We are so excited to be bringing this book to life so the stories of the people of Bromsgrove can be relived in print.
“We are pleased with the initial response to subscriptions, we are very grateful to everyone for their support to make this project happen, and hope many more people will become subscribers.”
The subscription form, a couple of teaser pages from the book and an insight into the author and the book can be found in our special feature on pages 26 and 27.