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Faces of Castle Bromwich during the 2 World Wars – Birmingham Heritage Week

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

 

 

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Fruity stories: Fruit picking, Women and the First World War – a talk for Birmingham Heritage Week

A truly fascinating and amusing talk about how life changed for so many people during the first world war. So essential was jam to the troops that the whole fruit picking industry was rocked with change ... and women from the city arrived too! Jenni Waugh is co-auther of the well researched book "how the Pershore Plum won the War"

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Community History planning session for Faces of Castle Bromwich event- community history

Want to be involved???

For this year’s Birmingham Heritage Week (Sept 9-16th) in the Gardens, we want to celebrate, discover and share local life and stories from both the F irst World War and the the Second.
We already have some photos from the time and some contemporary portraits of people during our own 40s weekends. We’d like to tell and share stories; from fessing up to climbing over the walls and scrumping to tales of making and seeing spitfires… We can draw on some prefessional re-enactors and historians, but it all starts with us the community..
We already have a a bit of a plan, but it’s just a start, all leading to a public day on Sun 16th Sept
Interested in or know something about our local history? Got some ideas to share? Some time to help pull things together?
Come and help put flesh on the plan of events so far….
SATURDAY July 21st, 1pm

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Civil War

Civil War -Colonel Pickerings Regiment of Foote encampment

Cromwell is coming! Displays, drills and demonstrations throughout the weekend as this 17th century re-enactment group make camp in the grounds.
Wander among the Parliamentary troops and their followers as they prepare for battle at Curdworth Bridge, near Water Orton.
Colonel Pickering's Regiment of Foote expects you!

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Civil War

Civil War -Colonel Pickerings Regiment of Foote encampment

Cromwell is coming! Displays, drills and demonstrations throughout the weekend as this 17th century re-enactment group make camp in the grounds.
Wander among the Parliamentary troops and their followers as they prepare for battle at Curdworth Bridge, near Water Orton.
Colonel Pickering's Regiment of Foote expects you!

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Hall, Church and Gardens tours

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 .

St Mary & St Margaret Church 2 (Bradford Estates)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.

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A bit of Castle Bromwich Hall Garden History

PeterClarke

Just the other day over on our Facebook Page, North Arden Local History Society left a post for us with this photograph.

This is Peter Clarke, first head gardener at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens in 1985, the year the gardens reopened. The Photograph from the Birmingham Mail…

I wonder. Does anyone remember the gardens back then? Do you have photos you could share with us?

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