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Avoncroft Nailers Cottage, by Mark Clifford, Nailer's Cottage Project Officer.
In 2012 an 1840s nail maker's cottage was carefully dismantled for reconstruction at Avoncorft Museum.
With the construction work currently taking place at the Museum site, we will explore the history of this humble cottage from its 1840s construction up to the present day and follow the story of the people who lived there from Victorian nail makers to Austin Motor Company employees in the early 20th century.
For our meeting on 11th November we will be continuing the theme with "Nailers of Bromsgrove" by Jenny Townsend & Pat Tansell. Note the date in your diary!
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.
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).
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.
The September 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.
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.