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Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 10 September 2019

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Medieval England and the Black Death, by Ron Gallivan

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This presentation is a mixture of fact and humour regarding the 'Black Death'.

Ron will start by examining the social structure of Edward 3rd's England in 1346, the year of his famous victory at the 'Battle of Crecy'. We learn about the social order from the King down and the effects the 'Medieval Warm Period' had on poor agricultural crops and famine and how this paved the way for 'The Black Death'.

It also explains where the Plague came from and how it was carried along at some 5 miles per day and provides a basic understanding of its various symptoms.

We also see the reaction of the majority of the Peasant population as they try to avoid it or cure it, including the 'Cripples Wedding' and compare this with the 'advice' given by the Church and Physicians to cure the pandemic. Finally we understand the post plague impact on England.

Tea and coffee will be available.

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For our October meeting on the 8th we have The Real Warhorse by Robin Hill. Note the date in your diary!. 

 

Exploring Your Worcestershire Ancestors

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WAAS Guide

Whether you're a newcomer to family history or an experienced researcher, we all need to understand the range and types of records available to us. Every county is different, so it helps to have a well written guidebook to call on that describes the resources available. Explore the Past, Worcestershire's award-winning Archive and Archaeology Service, has produced such a guide, which provides a go-to reference for those tracing their ancestors in Worcestershire.

The downloadable 70-page research guide is the ideal starting point to discovering your family's history, wherever you are in the world. It explains how to get hold of the information you need, whether it's held in the Worcestershire collections or from other sources.

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The Builders of Bromsgrove

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Local historian Jenny Townshend has made a study of the building trades in Bromsgrove from the 17th to 19th centuries. This short, name-rich article summarizes her findings. You can download it here (as pdf file).

 

A Bromsgrove Name List

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We are publishing here a list of names provided by the author and researcher David Nokes. The list covers persons who lived in Bromsgrove or its immediate environs or persons from elsewhere who have a link with Bromsgrove, for example through marriage. No living persons are listed.

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