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Popular local speaker Julian Hunt returns to Bromsgrove to talk about the role of turnpike roads in our ancestors' lives.
Some of the Turnpikes in Worcestershire date back 300 years. The tolls levied along them paid for the maintenance of the main roads between the city and its surrounding towns. Prior to the Turnpikes the state of the roads made them impassable for much of the year and dangerous when passable.
The September 2015 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.
Mike has been making the news himself recently, as this YouTube video unearthed from the Who Do You Think You Are? Live Show demonstrates.
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 2014 editions of two local history magazines are available:
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).