What was life like on the Bradford Estate and in the village of Castle Bromwich during the First and Second World Wars?
This day will include a mix of participation, re-enactors and community created exhibitions, spitfire stories and contemporary portraits of the re-enactors from our 40s event alongside photos from the ‘real’ 40s in the area.
We’ll be gathering reminiscences of working and living near the Spitfire factories, asking people to ‘fess up’ to scrumping and climbing the walls of the Gardens before it was rescued.
You might even find the maze transformed into a first world war trench… once you’re in can you find you way out?
The event is part of an ongoing community created local history project about Castle Bromwich, the Gardens and the immediate area during the First and Second World Wars.
Appropriate for all generations – be part of uncovering our histories.
We hope to have some tours of the Church, Gardens and Hall, as usual, Details are still to be finalised – please check back here nearer the date
Normal entrance fees apply £4/£4.50 (plus Gift Aid) available at the door. Gardens open at 12.30.
Tours and Garden entrance Free for Garden Members
Birmingham Heritage Week this year runs from the 8th -18th September. So full of heritage is the Second City that it extends, by 7 days, the dates of the National Heritage Open Days .
This year we are working with St Mary and St Margaret’s Church and the hotel at Castle Bromwich Hall to offer visitors the chance to see all three historic parts of the Bradford estate.
There will be a guided tour of each site including (for those who wish it) a tour of the tower and famous bells in the church tower. Although the Hall is accessible to guests, this is a chance to see some of the magnificent plaster ceiling work and other areas not easily accessible otherwise.
Tours can be taken separately or in series.
The main series: 1pm Hall, 1.45 Church , 2.30 Gardens (please start at the Garden entrance to purchase your ticket and tour ‘tokens’)
There will be second tours at the Hall: 2pm. Gardens: 3pm and the Church will take informal tours all afternoon.
Please note the Tower can take only 4 or 5 people at a time – ask the Church wardens on entrance.
Normal Entry fees apply £4/£4.50 (plus Gift Aid). Tours free
You will be given ‘tour tokens’ to exchange at the entrance to each tour.
Can’t make that day?
The Church will be open on Sunday 11th September in the afternoon for drop-in tours and trips to the tower…also as part of Heritage Open Days.
..and don’t forget the Gardens have regular , free guided tours around the Gardens on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday (2pm) during the season.