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Welcome to the BMSGH branch covering Bromsgrove and surrounding areas of north Worcestershire from Kidderminster to Kings Norton and Redditch. This site also co-hosts the Stourbridge Branch of BMSGH.

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Bromsgrove Lowne of 1723

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Bromsgrove BMSGH is pleased to release a new transcription from the Bromsgrove parish records.

The Bromsgrove Lowne of 1723 is the first entry in 'The Church Wardens Book 1723'. Lownes (or Lewnes) were used to raise money for the parish by taxing property/land owners. The money was paid by the owner or very often by a tenant, the amount of the payment relating to the supposed value of the land and/or property. The parish is split into 'yields', of which there are ten starting with the Town Yield (itself split in two parts). This document will be of interest to both historians and genealogists.

The transcription has been made by David C.B. Nokes from documents held in Worcestershire Archives (reference 850/9135/17/1), with assistance from Jenny Townshend.

Download the Bromsgrove Lownes of 1723 (pdf). You can search the document using the search facility in Adobe Reader (or other pdf reader) to locate a name of interest. However, as the spellings can vary considerably from modern usage, you are recommended to browse the whole file.

 

Next Bromsgrove Branch Meeting: 9th Sept

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“The Cadbury Story” by Alan Thornton a very popular local speaker

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Two of the most unlikely business men came to Birmingham and created a world famous company, Cadbury's. They were motivated by what they saw in the back to back slums in Birmingham. George Cadbury states "No man should live or work where roses cannot grow". This statement is on the wall of his office and George wore a button hole to remind him of those slum conditions in Birmingham.

A factory in a garden was created at Bournville and houses in tree-lined streets for the people. The greatness of a man is measured not only by the good he does in his lifetime but by how it affects future generations.

The Cadbury money was used to finance the Pensioners Alliance League which was successful in bringing about the old age pension.

The Cadbury Story is a film plus a talk.

 

Records of Bromsgrove School

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The Findmypast website has released death records from Bromsgrove School. This limited set of 195 records mentions deaths of people associated with the school over the period 1899-1945, including in the Boer War, WWI and WWII. The collection is part of its 100-in-100 campaign, to release one hundred datasets in one hundred days.

The records can be searched from the link above (registration may be required).

 

Follow us on Twitter

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Bromsgrove BMSGH is now on Twitter, at hashtag @BromsBMSGH.

We'll be using this to keep you informed about family history news and events in and around Bromsgrove. We look forward to connecting.

A live feed will be integrated at this site soon.

 

New Bromsgrove Briefing

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The June 2014 issue of Bromsgrove Briefing is now available. Mike Fisher previews this month's meeting and presents a round-up of the latest genealogy news. Click here to download.

You can read previous newsletters in our archive.

 

Markwell Award Comes to Bromsgrove

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Bromsgrove Member, and Webmaster, Mike Sharpe has been awarded the BMSGH's Fred Markwell Memorial Award for 2013. The award is presented each year to a member, not on the Executive Committee, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Society.

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Forthcoming Events

The Cadbury Story

September
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09

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Lunarticks:Friends who invented the future. Keith Lilley

September
Tuesday
16

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Avoncroft Nailers Cottage

October
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