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The name Bromsgrove may derive from the Old English Brommsgraf, meaning a small wood frequented by highway robbers. An alternative source comes from the Domesday book of 1086 where the town is mentioned as Bremesgrave. Breme may have been a famous person and grave is a fortified clearing.
In its early days, Bromsgrove was a centre for the woollen trade, which went into decline before the 17th century.
Nail making was introduced by the French Huguenots in the 17th Century and became a thriving industry. At one point Bromsgrove was the world centre of nail making. Mechanisation quickly put the industry into decline. It is now a dormitory town for Birmingham, with few places of interest. The fish and chip shop above which Lord Lucan was rumoured to have hidden in during the late 1970s has been demolished.
Bromsgrove currently has a fast growing population in large new developments like the Oakalls estate. The reason for the town's popularity is due to its positioning close to Birmingham and the excellent links to the A38 that cuts through the town, the M5 motorway bordering the west side and the M42 motorway starting at the north of the town. Bromsgrove also benefits from a relatively low crime rate.
Many of Bromsgrove's residents find employment in Birmingham, (particularly MG Rover), Redditch, Worcester and other places along the motorway network. Bromsgrove is still home to LG Harris Ltd, a maker of quality paint brushes.
New business parks in Aston Fields, Buntsford Hill and Harris's Business Park are helping to re-vitalise the local economy. Bromsgrove District Council are aiming to create a technology corridor along the A38 to take advantage of the areas excellent road links. This is also in response to concerns that any terminal decline in the fortunes of MG Rover would currently affect the economy of Bromsgrove very badly. A diversification of interests should help and will appeal to the many white-collar workers in the area.
The Avoncroft Museum of Buildings has its home in Bromsgrove.
Bromsgrove has one local nightclub called Euphoria (A.K.A; Euph, Euthanasia), which offers cheap drinks on a Thursday night. The club offer a mixture of pure pop to commercial dance and is identifiable by your feet sticking to the carpet as you enter the establishment.
Bromsgrove is the main site of North East Worcestershire College, better known as NEW College.
Bromsgrove's MP is Julie Kirkbride (Conservative).
- Bromsgrove District Council
- NEW College in Bromsgrove and Redditch
- Bromsgrove School
- Bromsgrove Advertiser (newspaper)
- Bromsgrove Rugby Football Club
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