The Freddie Charles Practice Archive

F.W.B. 'Freddie' Charles (1912-2002) was an architect and nationally recognised expert on the conservation and repair of timber-framed buildings. The practice also worked in a number of other counties including Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire (including Coventry) and Birmingham. Freddie died in 2002 and prior to his death the…

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The Brambles Care home

Today I had a conversation with Fiona at the Brambles Care home on Birchfield Road.  They are interested in finding out more about the site on which the home stands, particularly former uses. They are of the opinion that this site was previously known as the "Birches" and before that…

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The RLHS Journal

  We have just resurrected of our "Redditch Heritage Matters" title, not as a monthly newsletter but as an annual Journal containing a selection of articles by both members and non-members on a variety of local history topics. We have also decided this will be a free-to-all publication but only…

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Chestnut farm in Sambourne

Can you help with Geoff's query?   Hello - I have recently bought Chestnut farm in Sambourne.  It is a very old tudor building (1551) and I understand that it used to be Quinney's dairy farm and was also called oak farm in the far distant past.   Have any…

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Pitcheroak Rifle Range

Can anyone help with this query? Dear Archivist,  I’ve lived in Redditch all my life and have walked Musket’s Path and many times and dug spent rounds out of the Butts of the old rifle range. Walking along Musket’s path most with untrained eyes would not notice that there’s an ancient…

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The Plough and Harrow,

This week quest for information come s from Margaret Charman whose ancestors were landlords  of the Plough & Harrow Margaret wrote: I'm wondering if you have any information or photographs of the Plough and Harrow Evesham Street Redditch.  My fathers family ran this pub and I have the inventory for…

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Gun Dogs at Ipsley Court

Perhaps one of the more unusual requests for help we have received but Redditch residents local knowledge never ceases to amaze me.  So can you help? Ingemar Borelius asks.....  I'm writing a book about the history of the retriever. The progenitor of the Wavy-coated retriever, a bitch named  Young Bounce,…

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Alcester Street Sandwich Bar?

 David Hatcher contacted us asking...... For many years from 1984 onwards, I worked at Redditch Police Station. At lunchtimes many of us would stroll up to the parade of shops opposite what is now the library. I do not know the name of the original road. It is of course…

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Smallwood Health Centre

Does anyone have any photographs or other details of the Smallwood Health Centre?  The modern building that was behind Smallwood Hospital which was demolished. Simon Parkinson of the St Stephens Surgery is looking for them to add to a history of the practice he's compiling.   Derek   derek.coombes@rlhs.org.uk

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