THE HISTORY of the town’s annual fairs and the part they played in the lives of people in the town is the main feature in this year’s Bromsgrove Rousler which is out now.
The piece in the local history magazine’s 35th edition has been written by Graham Downie and the cover photograph previewing it shows children enjoying themselves at a coconut shy at Bromsgrove Fairground in the 1960s.
Other articles include one by Birmingham-based author Andrew Lound who explores Worcestershire’s connections to the ill-fated Titanic’s passengers and crew. Among them are seaman Samuel Hemming who helped launch several of the lifeboats and two married couples – the Marshalls and the Weiszes – who were both aiming to build new lives in America.
In her article on ‘Homes for Heroes’, local historian Annie Deeley describes how the post‐war housing crisis led to new approaches to working‐class housing, as manifested in locations such as Aston Fields, Charford, Sidemoor, Catshill and Rubery.
Two contributions focus on Lickey End.
Leigh Walker recounts tales of life in Lickey End during the mid‐20th century, as recalled by local resident John Potter.
The photo article draws together a series of historical images of Lickey End and Barnsley Hall, mainly from old postcards.
And Bromsgrove Society stalwart Julian Hunt investigates a little‐known connection between the town and the Priestley Riots in Birmingham in 1791.
As well as being sold online, the Bromsgrove Rousler is available, priced at £2.95, from a wide range of retail and other outlets across the district.
The Bromsgrove Society, which publishes the Rousler, is hoping it will provide people with some much-needed lockdown reading and, via its bsoc.co.uk website, is selling pervious editions postage-free. Editions from 2007 to the current one are available.