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

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Local Event – The Lost Children

The Lost Children. We will be telling the story of c.6,000 children emigrated to Canada between 1873-1948 through Birmingham's Middlemore Homes. Saturday 14th September to Sunday 22nd September at the Birmingham & Midland Institute - 10 am to 4pm daily We hope to see you there! Regards, Balsall Heath Local…

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Redditch and the Kingfisher

Liam Basford writes...... Dear Redditch Local History Society, I wonder if you could help me with some research that I am undertaking about the Redditch town crest. I’m particularly interested in the reasoning behind the town’s affinity to the Kingfisher bird. I understand that originally, a Swift sat upon the…

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Norman Neasom’s Work

We were recently asked about the availability of the Norman Neasom Map depicting Redditch in the 1700s. After some investigation we received this reply from his daughter,  Jeannie Brown, at Neasom Fine Art. Dad was keen on local history and the chances are that you have seen some of his…

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